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CONTENTS March 2014

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Letter from the Editor Advertisers Cover story - Callaho Stud Rider Profile: Oliver Lazarus Yvonne Bolton Horse Profile: Pour Le Poussage Yvonne Bolton

LIFESTYLE 12 14 59

Fashion Essentials Equine Essentials Midfeeds Fashion File

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Nissan Easter Festival buildup Sharlene Venter Horse of the Year Frances Cheboub Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo SA Warmblood Guest Rider - Chatan Hendricks Frances Cheboub Buying A Friesian Horse Kate Baynes Top 50 Friesian Breeders in the world Kate Baynes Friesian Horse and Wine Festival Karina Venter Profile on: Calet de Vos Yvonne Bolton

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Callaho’s Lissabon Cover Shot by H2 Photography

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CONTENTS March 2014

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Johan Blom Editor

Pieter Hugo Managing Director

Marie Chin Advertising Executive

Marguerite le Roux Senior Designer

Gasnat Jaffer Office Manager

Nikki Kellogg USA Sales Executive

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Heavy Draft Horses Christine Watt 80 Namibian Horse Safaris 84 Cavalry Escort of Honour Diana Bloemendal 90 Landrover Durban Horse and Wine Festival Bev Pendock 92 The SA Junior Equestrian Championships Suskia Radermacher 96 Alltech SA Inaugural Ambassador’s Dinner Yvonne Bolton 100 FEI World Cup Dressage: Gothenburg 104 Dads Count Too Stafford Robinson 108 Hayley and Cuppi’s Journey Linda Philo

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Welcome to our Quarter 1 edition of Sporting Horse Magazine. The turn of the season means those early hours spent at the barn or stables are being hampered by the later sunrise and it’s just that little more difficult to get yourself out of bed in the mornings. There is so much to look forward to in the coming months that I hope it provides the incentive to put in those extra hours. We have a great issue lined up for you, the Nissan Easter Festival build up on page 18, a report on the Horse of the Year on page 23, Hayley Parker’s Road to 2014 WEG on page 108 ,to a profile on a great ambassador abroad, Oliver Lazarus on page 70. Diana Bloemendal takes us behind the scenes with the Cavalry Escort of Honour, and the extraordinary Unit of the Royal Netherlands Army on page 84.The Wine and Friesian Show, a look at Heavy Draft horses and so much more. Integral to Sporting Horse Magazine’s hard copy is our Social Media presence. By the time this magazine goes to print, we would have reach the magical 100 000 followers mark. Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to check out our Facebook page, Sporting Horse Magazine or one of the other Google + or Twitter Feeds. All of our advertisers are able to take advantage of this enormous following when we share their advertising online. Take a look at page 22, this page from Summerbrook Equestrian has already been see by 28 000 people at the time this magazine is going to print. So take advantage of this and book your paper copy advertisement for the next issue and let us show what we can do for you. We have 3 more great issues lined up for the year so do not miss out, visit us at www.sportinghorse.co.za or on our Facebook page Sporting Horse Magazine. See you at the Show! Regards

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6TH ANNUAL AUCTION - 31 May 2014 Over the past five years the Callaho Stud’s Annual Auction has become one of the most popular events on the South African sport horse calendar. Each year horse lovers from across Southern Africa converge on the stud farm, just outside the small town of Christiana in the North-West Province, to watch some of the finest young horses in the country come under the auctioneer’s gavel. Nowhere else in South Africa is such a large pool of competition-ready horses from top international bloodlines available at such fair prices. Many auction-goers book months in advance to secure seats with a good vantage point!

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orn of Ian and Vanessa Callender-Easby’s love of quality horses, Callaho Stud is dedicated to breeding worldclass Sport Horses capable of excelling at International level in Show jumping, Dressage and Eventing. The stud’s foundation mares are largely imported from Europe, and are descended from bloodlines of Olympic, International or European Champions. The Callaho stallions are truly exceptional – a collection of proven sires ranked amongst the very best in the world as well as young stars who currently exhibit extraordinary potential as sport horses and breeding stallions. Since the inception of the annual Callaho Auction, the stud has made an unequalled contribution to improving the standard of South Africa’s competitive horses. Each year approximately 40

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horses representing the top European bloodlines are sold via the auction format, at no reserve. The majority of these are riding horses, backed and brought on to the stage where they are ready to begin their competitive careers. Also up for grabs each year is a handful of top class broodmares in foal to one of Callaho’s highly sought after stallions. Callaho Stud has chosen the auction format as opposed to private sale, as an auction is completely transparent and sale prices are determined by relative market value. This has proved very popular with South African buyers. In the months prior to the auction, try-outs are scheduled, which allows potential buyers the opportunity to ride and evaluate each prospect well in advance, with Callaho’s regular trainers on hand to assist and advise.


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The evening before the auction, the talents of each riding horse are showcased in a free jumping display, and on the day of the auction each horse is put through its paces in the auction ring. Potential buyers not only see the horses in action, but also have ample opportunity to walk through the stables and inspect the horses. Each riding horse is fully vetted prior to the auction, and Callaho’s consulting veterinarian is on hand throughout the auction to answer queries. The professionalism of the Callaho Team is evident from start to finish, as is the transparency and integrity of the sale process.

What to look out for at the 2014 Auction:

Undoubtedly, the most exciting aspect of this year’s auction will be the ten Lissabon offspring included in the auction lots – and this year’s auction will certainly be “Lissabon’s auction”. South African buyers have long awaited the release of Lissabon’s progeny onto the local market. A single Lissabon semen dose was auctioned for charity at each of the 2009 and 2010 auctions (fetching over R40,000 at the latter), and the only one of his progeny to be auctioned in South Africa to date was the flashy 3-year old colt Lansink who was sold amidst considerable hype at last year’s auction. Given the allure of Lissabon and his magnificent breeding record in Europe, it is to be expected that these ten auction lots will attract considerable interest.

Who exactly is Lissabon?

Lissabon is a bright bay Oldenburg stallion with exceptionally correct conformation, a striking broad blaze and white stockings. He has turned heads in breeding circles since his first appearance in Germany, being both more colourful and elegant than the average German Warmblood stallion. 10

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After his Oldenburg approval, Lissabon won both the jumping and dressage sections of his stallion performance test. In the same year, German Warmblood enthusiast Werner Els described his first sighting of Lissabon (at the 2001 Westfalian licensing) as follows: a light-framed bay stallion, not too big, but greatly colourful and likeable. Hind legs moving correctly under his body, light-footed, naturally uphill and loose, easy-going, eye catching bascule and technique at the jump. On top of all that he was equipped with a pedigree that simply spoke for itself… performance genes, flavoured by a breeze of outcross... Lissabon was a horse you wanted to see under saddle… a horse that shone in the dark. A horse I would have loved to call my own - a multi-talented sport horse promising fun in the saddle in all disciplines, every day...This was a complete horse. (www.hippologi.com/Lissaroengl.htm) Lissabon’s rideability, willingness and natural talent were evident from the outset. His early show jumping training by Heinrich Döwe in 2003 saw him winning 8 out of 9 classes for young riding horses, including the prestigious Damhus cup. During his 5th and 6th year he was a serial winner up to M-level and won the Damhus Cup again. Thereafter he went to the Bundeschampionate Jumping Finals with Johannes Ehning, where he received outstanding scores of up to 9.3 for style. During 2006/2007 he continued his stellar career with Jens Baackmann, crowning 2007 with a victory in Vechta in the 1.50m Youngster Tour. Lissabon’s sire, Lordanos, is recognised as one of the finest sires of show jumpers in Europe, having already produced more than 23 licensed sons and scores of champions at all levels. Lordanos is descended from the Holstein “L”-line (Ladykiller xx), who is described by Dr Dietrich Rossouw in his Stallion Book of the


Le Cadeau

Lloyd (Lissabon / Calando I / Capitano)

Legante

Le Padre

Holsteiner Warmblood Breed as one of the most important jumper sires of modern time. Damsire Sion, is a remarkable allrounder who passes on plenty of “blood” and excellent gaits and is the sire of German dressage team horse, Sterntaler.The granddam, Reinata (Contender), is full sister to the international competition mare Charisma (Markus Fuchs). This quality, performance damline is underpinned by jumper breeding legends, Grannus and Siegesmund. Lissabon’s offspring are true to type and mirror the extraordinary qualities of their sire (chiefly the eye-catching appearance, floating movement and natural cadence). Werner Els recounts his first impressions of Lissabon’s first crop of foals in Germany: all of them colourful like their sire, but also stamped by Lissabon’s light-footedness and hind legs that moved correctly under his body, lighter frame, typey and somewhat noble with respect to neck set and appearance, simply resembling their sire’s most prominent features. (www.hippologi.com/Lissaroengl.htm) Lissabon’s short breeding record in Germany is truly remarkable. His progeny include multiple champion foals, many state premium mares, as well as four licensed sons of which Lissacor (Westphalia) and Lissaro van der Helle (Hannover) were awarded Premium. Lissaro went on to win the German Championships for 3 year old Riding Horses in 2008 and the 4 year Dressage Championship a year later. In 2010 Lissaro made history by winning his third consecutive gold medal at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf as well as being reserve champion at the World Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, and was reportedly

the most talked about horse in Germany at the time. An exceptional feat, and testimony to the versatility of Lissabon’s bloodline across the disciplines. At the end of 2010 Lissaro moved to Edward Gal’s yard in Holland to further his dressage training, but due to the huge demand for this bloodline in Germany, he returned to Germany in 2012 to stand at the Celle National State Stud for the 2012 breeding season. In August 2009, at the Hannoverian auction for riding horses in Verden, another son of Lissabon, Let’s Go HRH, was sold to Rolf Goran-Göran Bengtsson for an auction record price of €130 000. Statistics of The German National Federation (FN), drawn from show and competition results in 2009 and again in 2010, continue to underline Lissabon’s breeding prowess. Placed well within the top 1% of Jumper Sires (which, despite such a short breeding career in Germany, ranks him higher than such jumping greats as Galoubet, Caretino, Indoctro, Contender and For Pleasure), and amongst the top 5% of Dressage Sires, this oncein-a-lifetime stallion comfortably maintains his position as the best dual-purpose sire of Warmblood Horses across all studbooks in Germany. Lissabon arrived at Callaho in 2008, and has since served six consecutive breeding seasons. Callaho’s competitive stallions are based at the competition yard in Johannesburg, but spend the breeding months (November to January) at the stud farm in Christiana. Breeding manager Chantelle McCabe describes Lissabon as a calm and workmanlike breeding stallion. Semen collection and insemination is done daily, and up to ten mares are inseminated from one ejaculate. As proof of his potency, Lissabon has a 95% successful pregnancy rate. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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Lacoste (Lissabon / Stoltzenburg / Argentinus)

For Joy

In 2008 he was bred to various types of mares, and his foals show that he not only passes on all his good qualities (in particular temperament, markings and movement), but also complements the qualities of each mare. Callaho stable manager Marike Swanepoel describes the Lissabon foals and youngsters overall as being “sensible, gentle and a pleasure to work with” Callaho’s training team Manager Simone Thijssen describes the Lissabon offspring on this year’s auction as a handsome bunch, clearly stamped by their sire. According to Thijssen, Lissabon definitely passes on his good rideability, movement and jump, and breeds “a lighter version of himself that is electric and sensitive”. While sensitivity meant that some of the youngsters were more challenging to back, once they understood what was required of them their willingness and intelligence shone through. Besides their striking looks and good dispositions, these talented youngsters have all inherited their sire’s tremendous athletic potential. Between breeding seasons, Lissabon is based at Callaho’s competition yard in Johannesburg. Since starting his competitive career in South Africa, with Mandy Johnstone in the saddle, Lissabon has been impressing South African audiences with his striking beauty and faultless jumping technique. Johnstone describes Lissabon as an exceptionally straightforward ride and a real gentleman, saying “he is easier than most geldings!” He is incredibly brave, has a great attitude to his work, and has no quirks or foibles. During 2013 Lissabon moved up to competing in the 1.50m show jumping classes, making his debut at the Shongweni World Cup Qualifier. All in all he jumped and was placed in three Grand Prix classes during 2013, and will continue his career in the 1.50m classes this year. He will certainly remain a pivotal stallion in 12

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Callaho Stud’s pedigree base for years to come.

Progeny from Callaho’s pool of top stallions:

Also on offer at this year’s auction are five exceptional offspring from Callaho’s young German-based dressage prodigy, Benicio. At last year’s auction four of Benicio’s progeny were presented for sale; these were highly sought after and fetched the highest auction prices. Benicio’s offspring all demonstrate their father’s cadence and floating paces which makes them ideally suited to top level dressage. Their entry into the competitive arena represents a tremendous boost for dressage sport in South Africa and will be watched with much anticipation. However, they are also naturally bold and have inherited Benicio’s impressive jump which makes them particularly interesting for eventers. Holsteiner stallion Con Coriano is one of the pillars of Callaho Stud’s jumper breeding programme, and will be represented at this year’s auction by five exceptional offspring. Con Coriano throws true to type, his progeny being tall, elegant sport horses with extremely correct conformation and delightful temperaments – and their sire’s phenomenal natural jumping ability. Con Coriano is the favourite of a number of the Callaho team, who describe him as oozing personality and having the “wow” factor. Con Coriano’s first crop of four geldings were auctioned last year and proved extremely popular with buyers looking for a top jumping prospect. The multi-talented Hannoverian stallion For Joy is once again well represented, with ten offspring on this year’s auction. For Joy’s sire, For Pleasure, was a double team gold medallist and twice European team champion, and is rated as one of the top Hannoverian jumping sires. For Joy successfully competed on the


Con Coriano

international show jumping circuit in Europe, before being brought to South Africa in 2003. Here he effortlessly made the transition to dressage, and within three years was the highest-ranked dressage horse in South Africa. For Joy is a versatile stallion who has produced crop after crop of correctly conformed, talented offspring demonstrating exceptional rideability and willingness. Sporting Horse asked Stud Manager Grant Store about the planning involved for each year’s auction. He noted that the preparation of the horses actually starts before the previous year’s auction has been held with the backing of the young horses. Each horse is dealt with on an individual basis depending on its unique requirements (some coming to hand quicker than others.) The auction itself functions on two legs: the presentation of the horses and the logistics. The horse side is overseen by stable manager Marike Swanepoel who, in conjunction with training manager Simone Thijssen, ensures that all the phases of the presentation are covered - from turn out, free jumping, ridden horses, demonstrations, riding order and brood mares in hand, right up until long after the hammer has fallen and the horse ultimately climbs into the box with its passport and history file. Chantelle McCabe handles the enormous logistical aspects of the auction; accommodation for riders, guests, VIP’s and other workers, reservations, telephone bidding, auctioneers and ultimately the consolidation of purchases and finalisation of all the loose ends. Also vital to the auction preparations is veterinarian,Nico Hendrickz, who does all radiographs and pre-purchase examinations and is available before and on auction day to discuss and assist with the

veterinary aspects of each and every lot for sale. Farrier Greg Balmer is entrusted with the feet. Graphic designer Vanessa Lyon ensures that the catalogue is professionally created and produced, that Callaho’s branding is professional and up to date, as well as taking full responsibility for the photo shoots. There are many others who also play an important role, such as H2 Photography, Ian Dormer’s video company, Ryan Riggs, Kimberley Equestrian Centre, the Callaho riders, maintenance manager Gert Swiegers, as well as all the grooms and labourers on the farm under the watchful eye of Shadrack Moeng and Lucas Seleke. According to Store,“It’s always a weird feeling walking through the empty stables on the Monday after the auction, and then onto the next year’s group wondering how they will ever look like what we just sold. But they do, and it just keeps getting better and better.” Over 500 horse lovers from all over Southern Africa attended the 2013 Callaho Auction. These included not only the serious, more discerning buyers who had attended the try-outs and had their hearts set on particular auction lots, but also all manner of horse lovers who travelled from far to marvel at the magnificent line-up of horses on offer and to be part of this world-class event. Among these were many potential buyers, hoping that one of these stars of tomorrow would be within their price range. This year’s crowd of spectators promises to be just as large and varied - and with this line-up of world-class horses on offer, they will certainly not be disappointed!

For more info on the auction go to www.callaho.com or contact Chantelle at 0829247556 / email auction@callaho.com. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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Tipperary Tseries Helmets, includes the T2 and T4 in either Matte or Suede finish.These stylish but functional helmets are growing to be one of the top selling helmets in the South African market.They are approved for all disciplines (incl XC) and ventilated to suit our hot climate. Comes with additional padding and removable lining. Also available in the Bling versions. Enquire with Nicole Scott-Wolman for your nearest stockist or retailer. Email- nicole.hitair@gmail.com. Tel no- 0795050649 (web- www.hitair.co.za)

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IT’S NISSAN EASTER FESTIVAL TIME! By Sharlene Venter

Nissan South Africa is once again partnering with Kyalami Park Club for the 2014 Nissan Easter Festival. The show will be held from Saturday, April 12 to Monday, April 21, 2014 at Kyalami Equestrian Park. The Nissan Easter Festival is a 10 day celebration of equestrian sport and family entertainment. This year is the 5th anniversary of this very high-status event. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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with various food, tack and other stalls as well as a variety of fun activities - is has now truly become a family affair. Included in this year’s equestrian programme again, is the nail-biting Nissan Six Bar event - familiar in international competitions – last year it had the crowds on tenterhooks as riders battled it out for the highest jump. Joint winners last year, Emma Garson and Johan Kachelhoffer are both competing overseas, so this year’s competition is wide open.

Last year saw Nicole Horwood on Capital Don Cumarco take top honours, followed by Jodi Peters on Capital Rafika D’Or, while Grant Langley (Sissi van de Helle), Paige Shiller (Midgard Glamour) and Jade Hooke (A New Era) all tied in third place.

The Nissan Six Bar event is when riders compete in six jumps in a row with each jump being raised. If the rider knocks the bar or the horse refuses to jump, they are out of the competition. By a process of elimination two riders reached an impressive 1.85m!

questrian sports lovers and the public at large can expect to see South Africa’s top riders in action competing in the various equestrian disciplines. The first weekend will concentrate on the dressage classes and the rest of the show will mainly feature showjumping and the InterAfrica Cup. The show will conclude on Easter Monday with the hotly contested Nissan Adult SA Jumping Outdoor Grand Prix.

Nicole Horwood, current title holder of the very prestigious Galencia Property SA Derby and SA Adult Champion will be back to defend her Nissan Outdoor Grand Prix title on the number one ranked horse of 2013, Capital Don Cumarco. Stiff competition will come from Jeanne Engela, winner of the FEI World Cup qualifier Series 2013 and number 3 and 4 ranked Nissan riders Lorette Knowles-Taylor and husband Barry Taylor. Can Nicole pull it off once again? Kyalami Park Club’s acting General Manager, Cathryn Rault has expressed the club’s sincere gratitude to Nissan South Africa and said:“ The Nissan Easter Festival is one of the most successful and exciting events for us as a club. Last year saw record attendance and we are hoping to have even more spectators visiting the show this year. Nissan South Africa’s sponsorship is important for the sport and we hope to maintain a long and fruitful relationship.” The festival attracts predominantly the equestrian fraternity, but 22

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As sponsors of the festival, Nissan will also be showcasing some of their finest vehicles at the Easter Festival. A selection of Nissan vehicles will be on display and available for test-driving. There are pony rides, food stalls, Beacon’s traditional Easter egg hunt and a mini fun fair for kids. For the rest there is shopping at the country flea market or relaxing in the beer garden. In addition to the titles contested above, the event will again incorporate the Inter-Africa Cup Competition, with teams attending from the rest of Africa. These teams will only have two days to familiarise themselves with horses supplied by various members of the horsing fraternity. This Challenge is run in Showjumping, Dressage and Equitation and is sure to be very exciting. For non-stop action and fun, visit this year’s Nissan Easter Festival. Entrance is free, and with plenty of secure parking, you won’t find more entertainment for better value anywhere.


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Eeh Jazz, Reserve Champion Dressage Horse

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Ordep Silhoutte - In Hand Warmblood Champion owned by Farm Inn and shown by Alnord Mkhala

CLASS 1201A & 1201B SA WARMBLOOD COLTS & FILLIES UNDER 1YR SPONSORED BY: ADÉLA WARMBLOOD STUD PLACE NAME SIRE DAM SIRE 1 CALEDA CASPERON (Holst) (Casper/Catoki) GRANULIT (Hann) (Grannus/ Romanow) 2 SEDUCTION SONNENTANZER (Oldb) (Sir Donnerhall/ Noble Roi xx) WENKSTERN (Hann) (Weltmeyer/ Western Star) 3 KELLOW FIRST LOVE FURST ROMANCIER (Oldb) (Furst Heinrich/ Romancier) SANLETTO (Oldb) (Sandro Hit/ Rouletto

OWNER CLAIRE MARTIN GERHARD PRETORIUS KELLOW PARK

CLASS 1202A SA WARMBLOOD COLTS 1 - 2 YEARS DRESSAGE TYPE SPONSORED BY: GONDOR STUD PLACE NAME SIRE 1 PATRIARCH D’OR POMME D’OR (SAW) (Dageraad/ Wolfgang) 2 KELLOW VACABANNA VALENTINO (KWPN) (Now or Never/ Belisar)

OWNER SAM DAVIS KELLOW PARK

CLASS 1202B & 1203B SA WARMBLOOD COLTS & FILLIES 1-2 YEARS JUMPING TYPE PLACE NAME SIRE 1 SIERRA NEVADA SENERGY

DAM SIRE CRIMSON WAVE XX EAGLE CAZARAK (SAW) (Casanova/ Anschluss)

SPONSORED BY: GAUTENG MAG DAM SIRE GLENAGYLE REBEL (RID)

OWNER SAM DAVIS

CLASS 1203A SA WARMBLOOD FILLIES 1-2 YEARS DRESSAGE TYPE SPONSORED BY: HOBDAY EQUESTRIAN ENTERPRISES PLACE NAME SIRE DAM SIRE 1 MIDAS TOUCH SOLITAIRE SIR DONNERHIT(British) (Sir Donnerhall/ Gold Storm) DELGARDO (Hann) (Delano/ Woehler) 2 SIERRA NEVADA SENERGY GLENAGYLE REBEL (RID)

OWNER JACKIE SUPRA SAM DAVIS

CLASS 1204A SA WARMBLOOD COLTS 2 - 3 YEARS DRESSAGE TYPE SPONSORED BY: EQUINE ESSENTIALS PLACE NAME SIRE 1 AMBECK UZZO URON M (Kwpn) (Flemmingh/ Appolonius xx) 2 KELLOW FURST PRIZE FURST NYMPHENBURG (Hann) (Florencio/ De Niro) 3 BERGHOF FAHRENHEIT FIVE STAR (Hann) (Florestan/ Wolkenstein II)

OWNER ALEXANDER BECKER KELLOW PARK BERGHOF SPORTHORSES

DAM SIRE ZENTURIO (Kwpn) (Zeoliet/ Apple King xx) BRANIC BELLINI D’OR (SAW) (Rival D’Or/ Wunderbar) KAISERKULT (Trak) (Van Deyk/ Gajus)

CLASS 1204B & 1205B SA WARMBLOOD COLTS AND FILLIES 2 - 3 YEARS JUMPING TYPE SPONSORED BY: EQUINE ESSENTIALS PLACE NAME SIRE DAM SIRE 1 KELLOW CONFESSION CRUSADOR (Holst) (Cassini/ Quidam de Revel) CLARINIUS (Holst) (Contender/ Capitol I) 2 FLEUR DE LYS DÉJÀ VU DAGERAAD UBBE (SAW) (Dageraad/ Epilot) EXCLUSIVE PATRIOT XX (SAF)

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lasses were again held in the appropriately named David and Charlotte Stubbs arena. David Stubbs being one of the cornerstones of the SA Warmblood Society at its inception and for many years, a much loved judge whose visits to distant farms and yards was always enjoyed.

The judge and his wife Mr Poul Graugard with the Champion Warmblood in Hand – Ordep Silhoutte

This year we were honoured to have as our judge Mr Poul Graugaard of the Danish Warmblood Horse Society. He is Chairman of Breeding Management and heads up the Grading Committee of the Danish Warmbloods as well as being the spokesman for the Danish Breeding Committee. He has been judging the big mare and stallion shows in Denmark for nearly 30 years. For the last 20 years he has also judged in U.S.A. England, Sweden Norway and Netherlands. He had never even thought of coming to South Africa and said he thoroughly enjoyed his unexpected invitation where we deputised Britt Matchent and Karen Kaiser as Danish speakers to look after them. They were wonderfully looked after by this hard working team. Our IN HAND WARMBLOOD CHAMPION was the beautiful young South African bred mare, ORDEP SILHOUTTE (Sir Oldenburg/ Olivi) owned by Farm Inn. This mares dam Ulivia STV went on to win the Reserve Champion Riding horse, what a wonderful accolade for the Michaelatos breeding program. RESERVE CHAMPION IN HAND went to the impressive liver chestnut stallion Compton House Quantico owned Michael Peiser who has recently moved up from the Western Cape to Gauteng with him.

CLASS 1205A SA WARMBLOOD FILLIES 2-3 YEARS DRESSAGE TYPE SPONSORED BY: LEHLE ENGINEERING PLACE NAME SIRE 1 ORDEP SILHOUETTE SIR OLDENBURG (Oldb) (Sion/ Contender) 2 FLEUR DE LYS DÉJÀ VU DAGERAAD UBBE (SAW) (Dageraad/ Epilot)

DAM SIRE OLIVI (Kwpn) (Jazz/ Action) EXCLUSIVE PATRIOT XX (SAF)

OWNER THE FARM INN FLEUR DE LYS STUD

CLASS 1206 SA WARMBLOOD FILLIES & MARES 3 - 5 YEARS PLACE NAME SIRE 1 CELLEHOF FANTASIA FUNDERDELL (Hann) (Furst Heinrich/ Weltmeyer) 2 TIERRA PEQUENA JOYA BATTLE CHANT XX

DAM SIRE OPTIMUM (BWP) (Randal Z/ Furioso) UBERGABE (BWP) (Coronado/ Wendekreis)

OWNER CELLEHOF STUD T MICKIE

CLASS 1207 SA WARMBLOOD MARES, INCLUDING BROODMARES WITH OR WITHOUT FOAL AT FOOT PLACE NAME SIRE 1 STEP BY STEP SANDRO HIT (Oldb) (Sandro Song/ Ramino) 2 SUNNE LATTÉ PESSOA VDL (Kwpn) 3 TANNEHOF BELVEDERA BEAU VENEUR (SF) (Grand Veneur/ Nostradamus) 4 KELLOW HOPSCOTCH HARVARD (Hann) (Hofrat/ Davignon)

DAM SIRE DAVIGNON (Hann) (Donnerhall/ Pik Bube) HOROS XX Davenport WEDEKIND (Wachmann III/ Dolerit) WUNDERBAR (SAW) (Wachmann III)

OWNER NICKY WHITFIELD SHELLEY KNOOP ZELDA DE WIT SONIA KITTLE

CHAMPION & RESERVE WARMBLOOD FILLY OR MARE PLACE NAME CHAMPION ORDEP SILHOUETTE RESERVE SUNNE LATTĖ

OWNER/HANDLER/RIDER THE FARM INN - ANTHEA MICHALETOS SHELLEY KNOOP - CHRISTOPHER HAMMOND

CLASS 1208 SA WARMBLOOD GELDINGS IN HAND PLACE NAME 1 MIDAS TOUCH JABARI 2 TABA DIVINE DANCER 3 FLASHMAN 4 WIRENIA

SPONSORED BY: MW ADMINISTRATION SERVICES SIRE PINECREEK JAKARTA (SAW) (Junior STV/ Anschluss) SEEIS DOLLAR (NWH) (Dolerit/ Anschluss) FUERSTENREICH (Oldb) (Florestan/ Matador) SYDNEY

DAM SIRE CENTENARY XX HAKAHANA AKITO (SAW) (Atilla/ Trapper) FREIHERR (Oldb) (Furioso II/ Agram) CONVEYER

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Two locally bred horses were Champion and Reserve for the Geldings being Midas Touch Jabari owned by Jackie Supra and Taba Divine Dancer shown by Shaun West. If you look at the extended breeding after horses names you will see the increased depth of stallion lines in use and the improvement in breeding types. There was a high standard of dressage horse presented and it was wonderful to have Ernst Holtz come by to cast an eye over proceedings. Dontaire owned and ridden by Megan Fick won the class closely followed by Jean Deventer’s newly licensed stallion Eeh Jazz. The Ridden Horse class again produced two previous winners with Shakira owned by Suzie Haywood taking the Championship for a second year running and Ulivia STV the dam of the Champion Warmblood In Hand, being the Reserve Championship. Our potential Show jumper that won was Christie’s Collnardo owned by Nikki Whitfield followed by Callaho Fiona Vella owned and ridden by Claire Martin.

Seduction & Berghof Socrates Winners of the Progeny Class 1211 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GELDINGS SPONSORED BY: ZIPHI NKOMO 1 COMPANIES PLACE NAME CHAMPION MIDAS TOUCH JABARI RESERVE TABA DIVINE DANCER

Caleda winner of the Under One year old class

Champion Ridden Horse SHAKIRA with owner Suzie Hayward, Poul Graugaard and riding judge Georgina Roberts OWNER/HANDLER/RIDER JACKIE SUPRA - ALEXIA FERNIHOUGH SHAUN WEST - SHAUN WEST

CLASS 1211A SA WARMBLOOD PROGENY GROUP DRESSAGE TYPE SPONSORED BY: MARK WHITE 4WAYS CROSSING NISSAN PLACE NAME SIRE DAM SIRE 1 BERGHOF SOKRATES SONNENTANZER (Oldb) (Sir Donnerhall/ Noble Roi xx) METTERNICH (Hann) (Matcho/ Pik Konig) 1 SEDUCTION SONNENTANZER (Oldb) (Sir Donnerhall/ Noble Roi xx) WENKSTERN (Hann) (Weltmeyer/ Western Star)

OWNER BERGHOF SPORTHORSES GERHARD PRETORIUS

CLASS 1209 - STALLIONS 3 - 5 YEARS PLACE NAME 1 EEH JAZZ

DAM SIRE KENNEDY (Kwpn) (Flemmingh/ Amor)

OWNER JAN VAN DEVENTER

CLASS 1210 STALLIONS OVER 5 YEARS PLACE NAME SIRE 1 COMPTON HOUSE QUANTICO QUARTERBACK (Hann)

DAM SIRE SALIERI (Hann) (Salvano/ Servus)

OWNER MICHAEL PEISER

CLASS 1214 - CHAMPION & RESERVE WARMBLOOD COLT OR STALLION PLACE NAME CHAMPION COMPTON HOUSE QUANTICO RESERVE EEH JAZZ

MICHAEL PEISER - MICHAEL PEISER JAN VAN DEVENTER - JAN VAN DEVENTER

SA WARMBLOOD GRAND CHAMPION IN HAND SPONSORED BY: O’CONNOR EQUESTRIAN PLACE NAME CHAMPION ORDEP SILHOUETTE RESERVE COMPTON HOUSE QUANTICO

OWNER/HANDLER/RIDER THE FARM INN - ANTHEA MICHALETOS MICHAEL PEISER - MICHAEL PEISER

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VEUVE CLICQUOT MASTERS POLO CAPE TOWN 2014

SETS A NEW BENCHMARK AS A WORLD CLASS LUXURY EVENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

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ynonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, local and international guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 attended this past Saturday, 01 March 2014, what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive polo and luxury lifestyle event on the annual social calendar. With notable VIP’s in attendance such as The Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, Tokyo Sexwale and world land-speed record holder Andy Green, along with local celebrities Cindy Nell, Jimmy Nevis,Tanya van Graan, international super model Katryn Kruger and fashion icons David Tlale, Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, guests enjoyed an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne and gourmet canapés. In keeping with tradition, Bentley was both Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters

Polo 2014 and hosted the world land speed record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green as their special guest in their VIP Lounge. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, the Bentley Mulsanne as well as their recently launched Bentley Flying Spur, it was the new Bentley GT Speed convertible parked side by side with two rare Bentley Blowers on the day which stole the show. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious champagne house sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, is the only event of its kind on the African continent and draws both local and international spectators in numbers.

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D’Oré, the Official Fashion Partner for the day, showcased some of the world’s top luxury fashion brands such as Emilio Pucci, Escada, Cavalli, Armani Collezione, Rupert Sanderson, Elie Tahari, Herve Leger and Vanessa G in a quintessential runway show. Global prestige Beauty Sponsor, Elizabeth Arden Inc. kept guests of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 beautified all day long. With Elizabeth Arden ‘Beautiful Colour’ touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Committed to the concept of holistic beauty, Elizabeth Arden ensured everyone was beautiful from the inside out with a Prevage anti-oxidant bar on the day for guests to enjoy. Official Time Keeper for the polo, Breitling for Bentley, showcased a timeless collection born from a cross between the grand art of British car making and the finest Swiss watch making traditions. Avouching a new art of living, Breitling for Bentley is the most trusted when it comes to their unique blend of elegance and performance, power and style, sportiness and refinement. More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live with all eyes fixed on the games of polo played on the day. With an added opening exhibition match, a first for the tournament and the final 8-goal tournament comprising of top local and international players, play was organised by HRH Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim of Nigeria and saw the day’s nail biting finish with winning team Veuve Clicquot, captained by Johan du Plooy, narrowly beating team Nigus with a 6/5 victory. 32

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SA WARMBLOOD GUEST RIDER OF STALLIONS AT FULL LICENSING SELECTIONS 2013/2014

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hatan’s ability to ride both dressage and showjumping horses as well as having evented, led to the SAWHS approaching him to be the outside rider for stallions being presented for licensing. We wanted the try and achieve the consistency of having one rider, confident with horses from both ends of these specialized spectrums. To date Chatan has attended most of this year’s licensings and says he finds it a privilege and an honour to sit on these valued stallions. Chatan started riding as a child and was brought on by the instructor Jean Linden. He finished his years in children jumping

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CA with the pony Sunnyboy. While riding in juniors he realized that the horse bug had bitten and at sixteen left school to home study so that he could concentrate on his riding. He finished the last two years of school in one year and was ready to see if riding was going to be his chosen career. Through contacts with the Neil family where he had done some work riding, he got a job at Peter Perllee’ dealing yard in Holland. All of 17 years old and away from South Africa for the first time on his own, he found it very hard going. However he says his introduction to dressage there was a great positive experience.When he returned home he looked to see if he would rather do something else but eight months later he was back in the saddle riding for Sean


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1) Show jumping at 1m40 with Air Holidays COWAN HOUSE bred by Brandenburg Stud (Clifton / Land Earl) 1m40. They had clear round in 1m40 Derby 2013, and two clear rounds in February 2014 at Polokwane. 2) Winning the SA Novice Dressage Championships 2013 on Johan Roodt’s imported mare FRANTOIA (Florencio/ Londonderry). 3) Riding BENTLEY owned by Sarah Moore at the Young Riders Stal van Decraen Dressage Series 2013.

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By Kate Baynes

BUYI NG A FRIESIAN HORSE

With the popularity of the Friesian horse growing in South Africa, we have seen a big increase in the sales of Friesian horses and a price increase relative to the quality of horse now available in South Africa

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uying a Friesian is a big investment and one that should not be taken lightly. It is very important to find the right horse to suit the needs of the potential buyer and to ensure that the breeder, the back ground of the horse, and the breeding of the horse have been properly investigated. Although the FPSSA cannot choose a horse for you, we can help the buyer ensure that the horse they intend to buy is registered with the society and that the breeder is in good standing with the FPSSA . There are sadly some unscrupulous breeders in South Africa and many scams involving the sale of Friesian Horses. The FPSSA offices are aware of some of these and should be able to advise buyers. GENERAL GUIDELINES OF BUYING A FRIESIAN HORSE • Only buy from a reputable breeder. Contact the FPSSA office for advice. •

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The breeder must be a member of the FPSSA. It is important to remember that there are 2 Friesian societies - the FPSSA (the only studbook affiliated with the mother Studbook the KFPS in Holland) and the SA Friesian Breeders or the Telergenootskap. Each society registers its own horses. An easy way to see to which society a horse belongs is through its breeding category. 1. FPSSA horse are categorised by Stb – Studbook Vb – Veulenbook Bb1 - Bijboek 1 Bb2 - Bijboek 2 2. SA Friesian Breeders are categorised by F1, F2 F3, Know which society you want to be a member of, as some horses are only registered with one society and SPORTING HORSE Issue 18

not the other. So the horse might be registered but not with the society you wish to be a member of. Some horses may not be eligible to be in incorporated into the FPSSA/KFPS studbook as the breeding is incorrect or not known to the KFPS. •

It is important to know what direction you wish to follow with your Friesian. 1. Is it to be a pleasure horse 2. A competition horse 3. Or a horse for breeding This will determine if the breeding, sport ability, temperament, movement and confirmation suit your needs •

There are many aspects that will determine the price of a Friesian - breeding, training and sport ability. In the past the Friesian was an inexpensive horse to buy. Many of our bigger breeders have put much time and effort into importing Friesians into South Africa that have improved the breed. This has seen the breed in South Africa surge ahead and we are now proud that most of the horses bred by our members are of an international standard. These horses in turn are proving to be good sport horses with good breeding and therefore carry a higher price.

WATCH OUT FOR CHEAP FRIESIANS - NOWADAYS NO GOOD FRIESIAN IS A BARGIN •

Every FPSSA/KFPS registered horse comes with a laminated registration paper. All reputable breeders will be able to produce this paper for the buyer . In some cases the paper might be unavailable due to processing of paper work in Holland. The FPSSA office will be able to inform the buyer if the horse paper is indeed being processed and confirm that the horse is registered with the FPSSA.


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All KFPS/FPSSA registered Friesian have a laminated registration paper. The colour will vary depending on the breeding

GENERAL BREED CHARACTERISTICS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A FRIESIAN HORSE • • • • • • • •

Ensure the breeder or sellers has no amount outstanding on the foal/horse you wish to buy

Should you wish the FPSSA to confirm registration you will need the horses registration number and name.

Understand the FPSSA/KFPS paper, it has a lot of information. See our website under The Breeding – Understanding KFPS Registration

A pre purchase vet check is advisable. Consider also x-ray of the legs. If your intention is to use a mare for breeding a breeding vet check would be recommended.

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A harmoniously built, properly proportioned horse. A noble head, with clear intelligent eyes and small alert ears that are slightly pointing towards each other. A slightly arched neck of adequate length A strong back joining a croup of good length, which should not slope too much. A strong sloping shoulder of good length. A body with good depth and well sprung rigs. The legs and feet are strong, with a well-developed forearm and proper stance. Fluid, square, elegant and elevated gaits, emphasized by good feathering on the lower legs, A full mane and a beautiful, long tail. The preferred colour is jet black In short, a luxuriant, honest horse with much presence and eager to work.

• MOVEMENT The movement of a Friesian horse is most important and counts for more than the confirmation. It needs to be a natural, powerful, fluid and elevated, showing of the horse’s natural ability (there must be no sign of mechanical aids being used in training). A modern, athletic horse with sport potential. • CONFORMATION A harmoniously, functionally, evenly, and upwardly built horse with a long forearm and not too heavy in the body. The horse is placed in a rectangle with a ratio between front end, middle section, and hind end is 1:1:1. A horse that is modern, fine and athletic.


• USE The Friesian horse in use is a versatile horse. This does not mean that aptitude for all disciplines has to be present in all horses to the same degree.Within the breeding goal there is room for specialization, without having this lead to breeding different types. The breeding-goal description for exterior and movement are universal for all disciplines of use. The (added) value of the Friesian horse in sport consists of the combination of the following characteristics: - Easy to use and work with - Eager to learn and intelligent - Impressive and elegant - Versatile BUYING FOR BREEDING PUROSES • •

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Make sure you understand the breeding criteria and breed characteristics set out by the KFPS. Always try to choose horses that will improve the breed. The FPSSA only recommend that approved breeding stallions are use on mares. See our website under – Stallions.Your choice of mare should be compatible with this list of stallions. The mare line is very important for breeding. Look mainly at Studbook mare (Stb) or Bb1 mares. Have the mare vet checked for breeding along with a pre purchase vet check. Don’t buy a mare that is too old as conception becomes more difficult. Permits for breeding stallions are very difficult to get. Make sure that should you wish to buy a stallion for breeding that you have followed all the procedure set out by the KFPS to try to obtain a breeding permit for your stallion – see our website Stallions – application for breeding permission

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No matter how much you want your horse to be a beautiful pet it is important to remember that this is a horse. They need to be treated with respect. Friesians are known for their good temperaments so they are ideally suited for this job. In the case of a pleasure horse, breeding as in what is on the paper, is not as important, so Bb2 horses are a good possibility, but not ruling out the horses with better breeding like Studbook and Bb1 horses. This would apply to mare, stallions and geldings. Have the horse vet checked before purchase.

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Know what discipline you wish to be involved with so you are able to choose the horse best suited to your needs Look at confirmation. In the last 10 years, the Friesian breed has moved more to a modern finer, taller sport horse that is better suited to the rigours of competition. The KFPS have instituted performance tests such as the Sport Predicate, IBOP and ABFP to test the ability of Friesian horses. A horse with the Sport title, a good IBOP or ABFP are more likely to be better sport horses. The Friesian is known for its beautiful NATURAL movement. The FPSSA do not condone any artificial or cruel training method. These artificial training methods impact hugely on the horses natural movement and sustainability in the sport arena. Generally the better breed horses that have been breed with sport in mind are a better option, in other words Studbook or Bb1, but don’t rule out a Bb2 horse that has good confirmation and movement. Make sure these horses are vet checked with x – rays of the legs to avoid disappointment. SPORTING HORSE Issue 18

BREEDING PERFORMANCE HORSES With the increased popularity of the Friesian breed over the last 10 years in South Africa it has been very important for breeders to provide a more modern, athletic horse for the market.These horses are what the International Judges are looking for, a performance horse. These performance horses are used in various equestrian sports: show driving, combined driving, dressage under saddle and recreation. To become more competitive in all sports, attention should be given to the following breed characteristics. The FPSSA are very proud of how the Friesian breed has improved in South Africa in the last 10 years. It is important for the society to see the Friesian continue to grow in popularity, to educate, and promote the breed to the best of its ability. The FPSSA office and board members are happy to assist in any way possible to ensure that the potential buyer finds the right Friesian, a companion for life. Contact us at fpssa@gonc.co.za or 0837711550.


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Nynke Bosma, Marlise Botes & Altie Clarke the Doorndraai Stud Team

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ince 2012 the KFPS (Koninklijke Vereniging het Friesch Paarden Stamboek) has compiled a list of the top 50 Friesian Breeders in the World. This list is compiled by calculating 1st and 2nd premies achieved during annual inspections world-wide.

Foal and 3 year olds are judged at these inspection receiving a premie (premium) that is awarded by the KFPS judges using a mathematical evaluation scale. There are 3 premies, namely first, second, third. If the foal or horse does not receive enough marks, it will not be awarded a premie (niet gepremeed).

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1st and 2nd Premies achieved in a specific calendar year count towards the score for a breeder that will determine his placing on the World Best Breeders list. 1st premies receive two points and a 2nd premie receives one point. Horses sold that achieve either 1st or 2nd premies will also count towards the final score for the breeder. The premies are achieved for all classes from Foal Inspection, Star, Model, Kroon, Studbook Judging etc. will count. The highly anticipated results are announced at the Stallion Show that takes place in January each year in Leeuwarden in The Netherlands. In 2012 Doorndraai Friesian Stud owned by Marlise & Danie Botes (Zwavelpoort, Pretoria) placed 3rd


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on the list only 1 point behind the combined 1st and 2nd place, in 3rd place Doorndraai was also the highest placed international Stud, which they managed to maintain for the 2013 season. In 2013 they moved up to 2nd place on the overall rankings in a year that was extremely challenging having lost Studbook Stallion Ritse 322. 2013 saw Millford Friesian Stud owned by Tim & Kate Baynes (Pietermaritzburg, KZN) being ranked 40th in the world and the only other stud in South Africa to make the Friesian Best Breeders list. Millford’s Approved Foalbook stallion Reinoud fan e Homar Vb Ster Sport has contributed hugely to their success with his good quality offspring.

Doorndraai Stud and Millford Stud are testament to where the Friesian breed is heading in South Africa. Both studs are loyal and active members of the KFPS and the FPSSA. The Friesian breed is growing quickly in South Africa, it is very important to keep up with the international standards of the breed and ensure that South Africa meets these standards. As a society the FPSSA are trying hard to educate their members to keep up with these standards, says Kate Baynes. Both Marlise Botes and Kate Baynes believe that their success is through mutual respect, co-operation, with correct & careful breeding, following the strict criteria set out by the mother Studbook the KFPS. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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Breeder of Champions Home of Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ & Friso fan S.

2013 - 2nd Best Breeding Stud in the World as named by the KFPS in NDL

Owner: Marlise Botes 083 263 7800 Sales: Altie Clark 083 299 1356 PRETORIA - GAUTENG www.doorndraaistud.co.za

2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR Friso fan S.

Champion Friesian Stallion Single Harness & Under Saddle Supreme Champion Friesian Single Harness & Under Saddle Supreme Champion HOY All Breed Single Harness (Photo Top Left) 5th HOY All Breed Supreme Championship Under Saddle (Photo Top Right) At van Doorndraai Champion Friesian Gelding In-Hand & Under Saddle 4th HOY All Breed Supreme Championship Gelding (Photo Right) SPORTING HORSE Issue 18 50 For full results visit our webpage www.doorndraaistud.co.za


Phryso fan Doorndraai Friso fan S. x Piter 312

Peta van Doorndraai Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ x Ritse 322

2013 - 2nd Best Breeding Stud in the World as named by the KFPS in NDL

FOR SALE: YOUNGSTOCK & HORSES UNDER SADDLE Visit our webpage www.doorndraaistud.co.za for more information.

Sparta van Doorndraai Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ x Doede Vb

Pierre van Doorndraai Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ x Ritse 322

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Cherise of Kavalo

Hermien of Ikahan

Bendiks of Aveleda

Zweitze of Kavalo

By Carina Venter and Sone Stoltz

Photos by H2 Photography

FRIESIAN HORSE

& Wine Festival Once again the dust has settled on a successful and popular Friesian Horse and Wine Festival. This was the second show and went beyond any expectations. The success of this show can be directly associated with great organising, incredible Friesians and a magnificent venue, Afridome Parys. 54

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O bigger and better.

n 12 March 2014 the show kicked off with an excited and anxious vibe in the air. With more than 40 studs, 3 international judges, 2 highly qualified local judges and more than 130 Friesians it can be guaranteed that next year will be even

The reason for this show was to harmonize the SA Breeders Association as well as the FPSSA for the sole purpose of promoting the Friesian breed as a contemporary show and sport horse which is the trend for the modern day Friesian. The show started with the In-Hand breeding classes from foals younger than 12 months up to the KFPS Stud Book Stallions which highlighted the world’s best breeding stallion, Dries 421 “Sport” from Pela Graca Friesian Stud owned by the Steyn Family from Douglas. With the use of the linear scoring system it would be ensured that the horse with true Friesian conformation triumphed. All In-Hand classes had their own Championships, and the most beautiful rosettes and sashes for all the winners sponsored by Erika Wernich from the Ikahan Quistador Friesian Stud, added that extra bit of magic to the show. Words cannot describe how magnificent this display of Black Beauties was.

After the successful In-Hand classes, the show progressed to the Riding classes. Riding classes are sub categorised into 2 categories, namely Traditional – more American/ Equitation/ Performance orientated – as well as Universal – more Dressage orientated. Both the classes were well presented with competent riders and well prepared and schooled horses. An Information Seminar requested by exhibitors and presented by Dutch judge Wil Thijssen concluded the day’s events. On Friday 14 March the Harness classes continued showing the exceptional horsemanship of participants and the fine art of harnessing. We were privileged to witness the famous and traditional Dutch ‘Klawertjie-3’ (Two horses in harnesses next to each other with another leading at the front). As if that was not enough, we were privileged to witness 4 and 6 horses In-Harness and we would like to give a special thanks to Frik van Greune from Fremar Friesian Stud for these breathtaking displays. At the end of the day everyone joined for a social get together at the lapa of the Afridome with bonfires to have a relaxing evening, get to know fellow competitors and let the international judges experience a true traditional South African Braai. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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Dries 421 “Sport” Horse & Wine Festival 2013 Champions Horses Name:

Owner:

Champion Pre-Junior Colts 0-24 months In-Hand Pulsar Of Henson

Henson Friesian Stud

Champion Pre-Junior Fillies 0-24 months In-Hand Merike Of Aveleda

Aveleda Friesian Stud

Champion Junior Stallions 2-5 years In-Hand Douwe Van Der W

Victrio

Champion Junior Mares 2-5 years In-Hand Fergie Of Arnell

Kavalo Friesian Stud

Champion Junior Star Stallions 2-5 years In-Hand Feike M

Ronguerite Friesian Stud

Champion Senior Stallions 5 years and older In-Hand Yns K

Mihanlo Friesian Stud

Champion Senior Mares 5 years and older In-Hand Cherise Of Doorndraai

Kavalo Friesian Stud

Champion Senior Star Stallions 5 years and older In-Hand Troje Of Doorndraai

Benmar-Black

Champion Senior Star Mares 5 years and older In-Hand Tjalda F

Aveleda Friesian Stud

Champion Krown Mares In-Hand

Sadly the Saturday was the last day of the show wich was mainly for the Supreme Championships of the various categories to conclude the best of the best. This day also included a more informal show which the general public could enjoy with the Friesian enthusiasts. Studs were given the opportunity to promote their own horses and studs, with no judging or competition. Highlights included the Mooikloof Friesian Stud with the “La Garoche” (the sport of showing off the Spanish bull faqueros by use of the garoche) by the Studs talented trainer, John Smit and Esme Venter, owner of Mooikloof Stud with a display on her first love Weibert “Sport”, the first ever South African bred sport horse. Ladies in Formal Dresses, Stallions in Long Lines and a breath-taking performance of (for a lack of better words) ‘glow-in the dark’ horses by the Doorspring Friesian Stud, all the way from Upington followed. The popular local artist, Juanita Du Plessis – owner, lover and Friesian enthusiast - ended this special show on a high note. Thanks to all the participants who made this show possible and enjoyable and hats off to all for setting aside political views regarding judging, scoring and personal opinions. This was one of the main obstacles for the organisers to overcome. We would also like to give a special thanks to Judges (Wil Thijssen, Jan Helix, Sue Carter, Sias Horn and Gert Vorster), the announcer Eben Ras who did an extraordinary job and ensured that the show came alive. Our appreciation goes out to our sponsors Kavalo, Pela Graca, Henson, Ikahan Quistador, Fremar and Doorspring Friesian Studs. Thanks again for your contribution and helping us with the success of this show. Because of popular demand the date for the 3rd Friesian Horse and Wine Festival has already been reserved for 6 – 11 April 2015, and we are pleased to announce that this will be during the school holiday to accommodate all of our competing scholars. We hope to see even more of the Friesian lovers in 2015. 56

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Aveleda Friesian Stud

Champion KFPS Studbook Stallion In-Hand Dries 421 “Sport”

Pela Graca Friesian Stud

Champion Veteran Mares 11 years and older In-Hand Ilse Of Geyerspan

Doorspring Friesian Stud

Champion Universal Veteran S/M/G Under Saddle Freark Fan’e Sjongedyk

Benmar-Black Friesian Stud

Champion Universal Veteran Rider Under Saddle Wietse de Leije

Henson Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Universal Geldings Under Saddle Willem

Mooikloof Friesian Stud

Champion Junior Riders 8-12 Years Under Saddle Ynte

Yolandi immelman

Champion Junior Riders 12-14 Years Under Saddle Elcro Sahara

Stephan Basson

Champion Junior Riders 14-18 Years Under Saddle Troje Of Doorndraai

Benmar-Black Friesian Stud

Champion Junior Drivers 12-18 Years Single Harness Bsabrina Of Maroy

Shingalana Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Junior Universal S/M/G Under Saddle Henriette Of Benmar-Black

Henson Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Junior Universal S/M/G Single Harness Imkje Of Danspan

Kavalo Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Junior Tradisional S/M/G Under Saddle Bastion Annabel

Mihanlo Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Junior Tradisional S/M/G Single Harness Bastion Annabel

Mihanlo Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Senior Universal Stallions Under Saddle Arne Fan De Kadyk

Benmar-Black Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Senior Universal Mares Under Saddle Truke Van Peinjim

Meadowstar Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Senior Tradisional S/M/G Under Saddle Hermien Of Jorami

Ikahan Quistador Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Senior Universal Stallion Single Harness Bendiks Fan’e Vesta Hoewe

Aveleda Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Senior Universal Mares Single Harness Tirsa Tikwa

Aveleda Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion SeniorTradisional S/M/G Single Harness Zweitze Fan’e Telstarzathe

Kavalo Friesian Stud

Supreme Champion Men or Women Rider Under Saddle Menno

Adelprag Friesian Stud

Champion Junior Fine Harness Under 5 Years Jense Of Ikahan Quistador

Ikahan Quistador Friesian Stud

Champion Senior Fine Harness Over 5 Years Tilda Of Geyerspan

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Meadowstar Friesian Stud

Champion Foalbook Stallion With FPSSA Breeding Permission In-Hand

Baden Friesian Stud


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HORSE PROFILE PROFILE ON

CALET DE VOS By Yvonne Bolton

1. When did you first start riding for the Millford Stud and do you go there on a regular basis to train their Friesians?

I have been working with Millford for about 3 years now. First as an instructor and then in March 2011 I took over the training and riding of Reinoud. Kate is one of the best breeders of Friesian horses in SA and is in fact ranked 40th in the world and I am very proud to be associated with them and to ride their magnificent Stallion.

2. Recently you have had several successful Shows on Reinoud fan e’HomarVb Ster Sport – what has been your greatest achievement on this horse and what made it so special?

I know for Kate it was getting Reinoud his SportTitle.As a breeder this was a great achievement for her, as Reinoud was the 1st ever horse in South Africa to get this title. This title was instituted by the KFPS (the mother studbook in Holland) and shows outstanding achievement in competitive sports- dressage, carriage and show trotting. For me I love the Friesian Show. The quality of horses makes for good competition along with the relaxed friendly atmosphere. 2013 was a highlight with Reinoud and I becoming the FPSSA Supreme Dressage Champion and FPSSA Supreme Under Saddle title which we have managed to retain for the last 3 years.…..

3. Tell us a little about his bloodline, early history and who produced him?

Reinoud is out of Beart 411 Stb Sport. Beart was the world champion in 2008 and is well known in Holland for his beautiful walk that Reinoud definitely has and is passing on to his offspring. Kate and Tim imported Reinoud as a 3 year old from Holland. He is one of SA approved foalbook breeding stallions and in the last 2 years since I have been riding him has progressed really fast 58

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and impressively up the dressage levels. Rein and I are trained by Dutch trainer Jenny Veenstra who also helps me with Radient. Within the SA Friesian world I feel he has excelled and has great potential to go far. We have accomplished many championships both in the Friesian world and dressage arena, of which I am really proud.

4. At the end of last year Trevor Burn commented “I cannot believe how the Friesans have improved so much in their Dressage over the past few years”. How do you consider this came about?

I think that people’s impression has not been of a sport horse. The breeding of these horses has changed so much in the last 10 years, making for a finer, taller, more competitive horse. Reinoud is the epitome of a modern Friesian who is able to perform at high levels.

5. Do you currently train other Friesians at the Millford Stud and are any of the youngsters showing exciting potential?

Reinoud is the only horse I ride at Millford but I am involved in other aspects of the stud especially the shows and judging. Reinoud is my focus.

6. What characteristics, conformation and temperament do the Friesians have that ensure they are so suitable for Dressage?

Definitely the modern breeding has made these horses more popular in the dressage world. Their natural movement, upward build and temperament makes for a great dressage horse. Reinoud although a stallion, has a superb work ethic and is so willing. He tries hard and learns quickly. You have to be on the ball and continually keep them inspired. A challenge - but one that I am loving.


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Shari – Spooks Navy Clara breeches, Diamante Black belt, Spooks Lola Navy jacket, Beige Spooks Loop scarf, Alexandra Ledermann Surabaya Navy shir t.

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By Christine Watt

H E AV Y

DRAFT

HORSES

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he dawn of the new age had to be1928 when the first Fordson Tractor rolled off the production line. 1928… When you google this date and ask for significant happenings it doesn’t mention the tractors, instead it tells you things like;

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The cartoon star Mickey Mouse appears on November 18th in Steamboat Willie, an animated 1928 short film produced by Walt Disney. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is banned for being too explicit in England and the US. Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to successfully fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the beginning the tractors were untenable because they reared up and fell over backwards every time they connected large rock with the plough, sometimes killing the driver. They corrected the fault pretty smartly and the long depressing lines of heavy draft horses waiting at the knackers’ yards and the abattoirs began to grow. 66

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Outeniqua Moon Tank Girl with Megan (right) and head foreman, Kevin’s children Zandre, Carmen and Leon.

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Fort Hare mare team mowing

Bobby

Fort Hare mare team ridging potatoes

One of the largest genocides on earth wasn’t even noticed as the mad scramble for technology began. We happily sent the old heavy draft horses, who were pretty darn obsolete, to the knackers yards and got ourselves brand spanking new tractors and trucks. Here in South Africa alone, it is reckoned that over a million heavy draft horses were slaughtered during those years between 1928 and 1940. Around the world the numbers are just mad and uncountable. To this day this genocide of the horses is pretty much undocumented and most people don’t even know what a heavy draft horse is. What happened? Were we so deeply ashamed that we buried it fathoms below in our dark unconscious or is it possible that we genuinely didn’t care or notice it? The relationship of humans and horses has sustained the world again and again throughout the centuries. For 10,000 years horses were central to family life. The earliest signs of the partnership between horses and humans were found in two lonely graves hundreds of miles apart from each-other; on the Asian steppe near to the old silk route lay one grave and in Egypt the other. These ancient humans had so revered their horses that they had elected to be buried with them. 68

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It could be said that horses were a major factor in our civilization. We made a wheel because we had a horse to pull it and only the horse had the speed and intelligence to work with us in war and peace. Most of the major civilizations sprung up around horses. If you had a horse you could rule the world. The heavy draft horse has been revered and used by people in every walk of life.The Romans used them to pull their immense catapults and siege towers. In Medieval times the armoured heavy draft horse and iron-clad knight were formidable in battle and the heavy draft horses were used in agriculture to feed the expanding population. The Industrial Revolution would not have happened without the heavy draft horse. The heavy draft horse pulled loads, coaches, busses, ploughs. Where power was needed the horse came to the fore, and hence the phrase ‘horse power’ by which the output of the internal combustion engine, which replaced the horse, was and still is, measured. A horse is a sentient being with intense emotions. Horses have been known often to suffer from depression when parted from a friend or their foals. If you have the time you can teach a horse about 450 commands; a dog 50 and an ox 8. One only has to watch the Lipizzaner dance to realize just how intelligent the


Mr Bennie Marais of Klipdrif Stud’s stallion,Lyndor.

horse is.The heavy draft horse has a quiet, thoughtful intelligence balance has been lost. In order to work with a horse efficiently you which shines in them and a wonderful quiet gentle temperament. have to be in a certain state of mind, it could be called the perfect When you first back a heavy draft, provided they have been state because you have to be so well balanced psychologically. brought up correctly and not abused, they smile. The horse is a herd animal which depends on the alpha mare The heavy draft horses are achingly noble and give with such pure for all its signals.The alpha mare is firm, fair and strong and all her generosity of themselves that it is impossible to understand how instincts are for the good of the herd. The other horses read her in some parts of the world these horses are prized for their meat. at an emotive level and take all their cues from her. They in fact No animal has served humans as much as the horse and it is a mirror her emotional behaviour and read her emotional signals with a hundred per cent accuracy and their lives depend on it.The breach of faith to eat a horse. trust between the alpha mare and the herd is absolute. Now here we are a mere eighty-six years later teetering on the brink of a new world, with dwindling oil supplies and alternative When we work with horses we have to become the alpha mare energy sources being experimented with. Eighty-six years is which is a very hard position to fill indeed. We have to become nothing compared with our ten thousand year journey with unselfish and put the horse first. We have to moderate our horses and it all happened so fast that we have barely had time to tempers; overcome our fears and bring ourselves to a point of take stock of the situation. Today industrialization, mechanization objective stillness in order to work well with a horse. The old and an exploding population is threatening to destroy the planet. horsemen called this the feel. We hardly know horses anymore and that magical archaic companionship is all but lost to us. For ten thousand years the human spirit has been bound up with the spirit of the horse. Everyone knew horses, from the richest to the poorest of people. Horses were the key to our lives and they set up a balance for our temperaments whether we realise it or not and this intrinsic

In acquiring the motor vehicles we have gained freedom of covering great distances at speed but this has been paid for with a huge price. Not only is our planet becoming increasingly inhospitable to life but we have lost touch with life and living things. It is almost as if we have lost our souls and replaced them with cyber space and it is terrifying. Our children compared with Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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Outeniqua Moon Titania with Kevin and his son Leon

children of a hundred years ago are stupider, weaker, less creative and morally bankrupt and live in a society that is controlled by fear.

driving on lovely Sundays. A heavy draft horse can bring people together in the most gorgeous harmony like no other animal.

It is however, not too late, we can begin a new revolution the name of the green earth that we love so much, and we can start by protecting the heavy draft horses and moving to protect all horses and re-educating our children about our past with horses. The horses deserve protection as much as any wild animal. By giving the heavy draft horses world heritage status and stopping them from being used as meat animals and for colostrum and urine collection, we will not only save them, but redeem ourselves.

The Percheron Horse Breeders Society of Namibia is a small, elite band of passionate horsemen and woman who started this society with the idea to save the real heavy draft Percheron horses known as the Trait horse.They are the first horse breeders society to include protection clauses for the horses in their constitution and they are very serious about this. Check out their web page and their Facebook page and let’s get viral with this message and start a new joyful revolution to save the heavy draft horses and this beloved green earth of ours, our only home in space. Let us remember why we are doing this because the heavy draft horses’ survival is more important to our collective consciousness than we realize. They are our last link to a world that depended on horse power and not machines to feed people. When we lose them we are in danger of losing our humanity and becoming machines like the ones we use. Let’s change our consciousness and be so happy to do so.

If we begin to use them again on our farms coupled with the PTO hitch carts developed in America by the Amish they can be just as, if not more viable than the tractor, what with rising fuel costs. Horses are far kinder to the earth than a tractor because they do not compress the soil in the same destructive way as a tractor; with our new no-till operations compressing the top layer of earth is not at all desirable. Farmers wanting organic status are quickly awarded it if they are using horses. It is so much more rewarding working with a horse than tractors and farmers children can benefit once again from loving these wonderful horses and being privileged to have them once again in their lives. And all you townies who want to be a part of this wonderful movement to reclaim the earth and your souls, can get yourselves a draft and a carriage and the whole family can go out 70

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Look at Outeniqua Moon Guest Farm and Robert Tobs (Bobby)’ Facebook page(s). Mr Robert Tobs, otherwise known as Bobby, is one of the most famous working geldings in South Africa. * Genocide – this term is normally only applied to humans but the use here is fitting because the horse and the human destiny have been so intertwined for the last ten thousand years.


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HORSEPROFILE RIDER PROFILE

By Yvonne Bolton

Tell us a little about riding in your younger years – who provided the encouragement to follow this particular passion? Cannot remember not riding - been around horses all my life, started in Swaziland as a baby on my Mum’s back riding around our farm, then in Zimbabwe as a toddler riding with the racing work riders on a big racing stud outside Harare, where my Mum worked. Once we were in Cape Town, I enjoyed hanging out at the Riding Centre in Hout Bay where my Mum taught and from there it just grew. Mum was heavily involved in the Cape Hunt and I certainly got over any fear chasing those hounds around as a child on my pony! I knew I wanted to be a show jumper from the moment I could walk, talk!! Naturally being around horses all my life I suppose I was bound to follow that destiny and fortunately my Mum has been right behind me all the way and inspired me to follow my dream. What ponies did you have in your early years and do you have any fond memories of special partnerships and the Instructors who helped you at that time? My first pony was a small grey stallion Father Christmas delivered to me in the lounge in our house on Christmas morning! In fact Mum had picked him up in the Cape Flats and he was an unbacked little tyrant - anyway after being gelded and me being thrown off far too many occasions breaking him in (I was about 4/ 5 years old, I think), he was my lead rein show, gymkhana and jumping pony, FIZZPOP and with his good looks, unfortunate sour nature (in the prize line up we had to give everyone a wide birth), he was highly successful. Then we picked up a pony who was not happy in a riding school in Cape Town and also had a will of his own, BRANDY SNAP - he turned out to be a super star and overall was good at all disciplines, thereafter followed 72

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many wonderful ponies who I trained up - Forsyte Warrior Song (FEI 2000 Dressage Childrens Champ), Zingosy, and of course had the wonderful pleasure of competing and owning the infamous, WALT DISNEY KISSAMMEE - who was a true professional and helped my show jumping career so much in Childrens. My mother has been involved throughout in my training and the backbone and still organiser of it all and along the way I have had some super trainers - Jane Sheppard, Gill Pater, Dinja Van Woerden for my dressage and in Joburg, Trevor Lovgren. When did you first ride in the UK and how did this come about – were you still competing in South Africa at the time? I attended a clinic at Trevor Lovgren’s in Joburg run by a well known English show jumper and he invited me over to Cheshire, UK for a month as a groom - this we took him up on, and after a few holiday visits working as a groom at his yard, I then started to commute between South Africa and the English national shows at the age of 14 years old to compete in both countries. Until I matriculated (amazingly)! at 17 years old here in Somerset West. I kept my horses in Joburg at this time and my special boy, Maniolia was my main horse there then, and had terrific success with him both in Junior and Adult. When you were fortunate enough to ride at the German Friendships how did this impact on your jumping career? I attended a splendid event for youngsters held every 2 years in Germany called the ‘German Friendships’. Young riders from all over the world arrive and are given a borrowed horse and teamed up with a local young rider and throughout the week various competitions and fun events are planned. At the end the winning team’s prize is training by some of the greats in the show jumping industry. My team mate and


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RIDERHORSE PROFILE PROFIL

EXCEL AT ROME WORLD CUP WINNING THE PUISSANCE AT 2.15M

I won our age group and we had a lesson with the brilliant, Ludger Beerbaum. Afterwards my Mum was approached by his intermediary for me to join him and train at his yard. At this stage I was young and so my Mum suggested I leave it for a year, finish my schooling and then a year later I joined him at his yard. Of course to be at one of the world’s most famous yards is a privilege and a serious undertaking and is the best university I could have ever had in this sport. It is a grounding like no other and unforgettable.

SILVER SPRING AT WEG KENTUCKY 2010

Can you give us some insight into your trip to WEG 2010 in Kentucky and competing as a member of the South African Show Jumping Team? WEG 2010 was fantastic - Kentucky Horse Park is MASSIVE, we needed golf carts or bikes to just get between the warm up and stables! commuting to/from the show, was a bit of an ordeal (like rush hour in Joburg). It is very hard for the horses to be totally at their peak and then have to go into quarantine on arrival from Europe when they get to USA . SILVER SPRING (Johnnie to us) travelled well but I would say the Give us an understanding of what it is like to work in Ludger quarantine period was tough on him. Of course there is no Beerbaum’s Yard and what horses you had at the time? way to describe that feeling of competing in a championship Ludger’s yard is like stepping into another world, as though it and being my first, I know it will stay with me forever. I have is a working yard (certainly not a boutique yard), it is a total always wanted to represent my country and we had lots of commitment and teaches you a strong work ethic with no fun as a team. The feeling of walking through the shoot into room for a half hearted approach - it is all or nothing there. the main arena is pretty awe inspiring and once again never When I first arrived there it was much smaller than it is today to be forgotten. and from the start you ride hundreds of different horses at all levels. Fortunately I had my own, two wonderful horses, After WEG 2010, I gather you returned to Ludger Beerbaum’s CROCKET 18 (who sadly died last year from cancer, far too Yard – what does a normal day working in his Yard entail? early) and CASSIANO Z (Goofy) who I retired last year to Working at STALL BEERBAUM is pretty tough - initially Sweden. Both horses put me on the map in international I was employed as a work rider and floated between the show jumping and I am eternally grateful for such a wonderful different barns, but mostly for Marco Kutcher and his team. start with such special horses and to have been competing at The grooms normally start about 5.30 - 6am and riders about such a high level already when I was 18 years old. I also have 7am. Then a normal day would be to ride between 9 - 14 had a number of other horses who I have trained or been horses. We always have a lunch break around 12.30 to 2pm asked to compete on over the years and this is an ongoing (horses have quiet time too) and then you work until all are thing. At the moment I have a super youngster, WINSLOW exercised and stables are finished, normally about 6.30pm, vet HIGH with loads of promise, just need to get him to more visited from Munich on Monday night and worked through shows with my tight schedule! the night, so if you had a horse needing medical attention you waited until it was your turn - anytime of the night! - 7 74

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days a week, one week’s holiday a year. There are shows nationally every day so depending on what horses you are working with you attend a few shows a week and most larger and internationals at weekends. We did all our own trucking and it makes no difference if you are home in the early hours, truck cleaned and all equipment cleaned and put away, you still are at work the next day on time. For the last 18 months or so at Ludger’s I had my own barn of about 14 horses (a lot of youngsters and the breeding stallions) and five others standing in a separate area and also had another work rider there at times to help. So still got there for 7’ ish, if groom was off, did the boxes before riding (horses stay in most of the time and get ridden and put on walker daily). Normally meetings are held on Mondays and to decide which horses to take that week to forthcoming events. Then towards the end of last year you moved to Jochen Scherer’s Yard, J & S SPORTPFERDE, near Cologne, and this appears to have opened up new and exciting opportunities. Can you share some of the highlights of the last few months with us? Yes, I moved to J&S Sportpferde in September 2013 and am very happy to be here. It is a small, exclusive, private yard and we have about 20 - 30 horses, (many horses changing around a lot) youngsters and our few top horses we keep. I am number one rider and have another Hungarian work rider at home for me. We have a wonderful team and all work together, we all have a common goal to look after our horses and make the best of them and for them. It has been a bit of a whirlwind as in October I won the BUDAPEST WORLD CUP QLF (1.60m) in Hungary on the great Pour le Poussage and then 2nd in Salzburg, Austria,(1.60m) placed in the Grand Prix at A CORUNA, Spain

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CSI5*(1.60m) in December 2013. 4th in LONGINES WORLD CUP in Zurich CSI5*(1.60m) and with CATAN 13 placed in GRAZ, Austrian GRAND PRIX (1.60m)and also Neumunster GRAND PRIX (1.55m) last weekend. I have been placed in all classes and at all events with the youngsters and CURT 13 showing a lot of promise. I travel extensively and have an action packed few months ahead too. Goteburg World Cup next week. What is your greatest achievement to date and what made it so special? Well of course it was great to be in KENTUCKY WEG 2010 and represent South Africa. I have been very fortunate and have had the opportunity of competing at some of the most prestigious and top International events, but some that stand out are - winning Best Young Rider of the Year at Hickstead in the early days (about 16 years old) and when I came 7th in Vigo, Spain World Cup Qlfr on my dear horse, CROCKET 18. I was just 18 and then 2nd at Donaueschingen in the Grand Prix on Goofy that same year. Winning Bremen on Goofy was spectacular and now with this new job every show is special and thrilling. Hannover Rider’s Tour is a personal favourite and Rome World Cup qlfr is special, jumping in the middle of the most beautiful city. Give us an outline of your plans for the coming months and will you be competing at WEG 2014 in Normandy? Hopefully I will be competing at WEG 2014 in Normandy and have been working on this since the last WEG 2010. It literally takes years to prepare and now it is all about being very selective of the events to ride before the big show and keeping your horse safe. Pour is a cool customer and very Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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comfortable at large events so I am just keeping his steady fitness programme and saving him for that week. To accomplish all the above requires huge financial and emotional support – has this come mainly from your mother and have there been other Coaches, friends and Sponsors, who have assisted you on your journey? This career is not for the faint hearted, we have literally had to give up everything to keep the show on the road - both emotionally and financially. Germany was very strange for me at first, I did not speak the language (now fluent, as I have to be) and it is a far cry from my African origins. My mother has been the sole sponsor (my grandparents have helped as much as they can and been behind Mum all the way, particularly my Gogo (Gran) who is known to be a great stable cleaner! and still rides herself at 74 years old) and we have literally had to put it all on the line. In the early days Mum was my truck driver and lost her small business in Cape Town due to her long absences from work! The commitment is long term and taken its toll in many ways. We are very lucky to have wonderful friends who are so interested and keen for us, both here and overseas and Ludger was a great and tough mentor to work for. There has been no sponsors or interested parties at all from South Africa, but Equifox kindly helped me for a while with some of their product in the early days and I thank Gail Foxcroft for this. Otherwise it has been an uphill struggle all the way and we have done it on our own. Fortunately EQUILINE have sponsored my clothing and my own horse accessories and CWD kindly 76

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have given a wonderful saddle contract. Now that things are on the up overseas I do get a lot of feedback about sponsors, but sadly no one from SA - my home country. My mum also sponsors two development riders and their horses in Cape Town and in fact Aviwe Molose (Jackson) came and trained with me in Germany for 3 months a couple of years ago, making a vast difference to his riding and horse knowledge and it was special having a fellow African over there with me. On the lighter side, when you have time away from your horses, are there any other pursuits that you are able to enjoy? On the lighter side - I love snow sports (again something on hold for now, due to time constraints), I am a proud STORMERS follower (rugby for those not in the know),and even at shows I am checking their games out and when at home always hope a game is on at Newlands and I can catch some surf with my old buddies from school. If and when, in the summer in the late light evenings I love some fun tennis and golf. I have great friends I see at most shows and we like a good party afterwards, if we are not trucking home! Of course I travel a lot which I have always enjoyed and again if there is any free time I make a point of visiting the sights! My biggest achievement and of course love is my darling 16 month little son, Luke Lazarus, who was born in Sweden and who is already comfortable in the saddle, hopefully I will steer him away to try another sport, seems keen on the Winter Olympics ice skating at the moment!


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1. Where did you first view POUR LE POUSSAGE?

Sire was POLYTRAUM and his Dam ISABEAU.

I first saw a video clip of him on www.clipmyhorse.de. I was checking out the horses at J & S Sportpferde, when I was asked to work there and I wanted to have a look at the horses before arriving.

5. He is without doubt a talented jumper, but what sort of temperament does POUR LE POUSSAGE possess?

2. What were your first impressions? I noticed that he was unbelievably careful, tricky and my first impression was that he did not have the scope for top sport!!

3. What was his early history and who produced him? He was at Gert Kunamon’s stables and after a number of different riders, Puschak bought him as a 9 year old. Katarina Offel rode him with varied results and after a rocky few shows, his future was not sure, when I met up with him.

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He is very intelligent and clever in the ring and a gentle horse to handle.

6. When looking for a jumper with exceptional talent, what criteria do you look for? Soundness is paramount when purchasing a horse, a lot of blood, scopey, careful and a strong mind.

7. All top horses have some quirks – what are POUR LE POUSSAGE’S and what is he like around the yard? POUR is careful but very spooky and tends to travel to the right. He always travels with a soft toy, which is always hanging on his stable door wherever he goes – a ‘Squirrel from Ice Age’


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NAMIBIAN

HORSE SAFARIS The Namib is arguably one of the most scenic deserts on the planet. With its ochre dunes, huge landscapes of endless grassy plains surrounded by distant purple-hued mountains, a perpetually sunny sky and warm climate, Namibia is a delight to the senses. And what better way to experience this remarkable desert ‘up-close’ than from the back of a horse?

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amibia Horse Safari Company has been conducting mobile riding safaris in Namibia for over 20 years and now have a large repertoire of rides - from the most challenging - and not for the feint-hearted - to those with a more relaxed pace. Riding in many of Namibia’s scenic hot spots yet staying off the beaten track where only the desert-adapted free-ranging wild animals venture. And for those who prefer not to camp, there is the luxury of overnight lodge accommodation and middays spent around a pool on one of the most exclusive Private Reserves in Southern Africa. Mobile safaris are typically 10 nights, 11 days with first and last nights in lodges while the rest are camping under the magnificent southern stars in panoramic settings. Unforgettable evenings spent

around the campfire in congenial company with good food and the horses contentedly munching on a nearby picket-line are some of the precious memories guests take home with them. Every effort is made to cater to the creature comforts of a cold drink at the end of the day, a hot shower and comfortable warm bed for sore bodies not used to several hours in the saddle. We let nature do the rest – and few travellers leave Namibia without the pang of parting from a really fulfilling experience. From the most challenging safari – crossing the Namib Desert - to rugged and hauntingly beautiful Damaraland and the Greater Fish River Canyon with its floral biodiversity and erosion-etched landscapes, we offer a host of diverse pace and scenery to suit any rider. For those who come physically prepared and are up for adventure, Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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The Namib Desert Safari is a challenging ride and ranks among those ‘adventures of lifetime’, seldom forgotten for the sheer triumph of completing it. From the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei this ride crosses the Namib Naukluft Park, home to desert-adapted free-ranging game, to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast. Riding from the ancient craters of inactive volcanoes crisscrossed by massive ephemeral river systems to the wild beauty of the forbidding Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is true Wilderness at its best. The Damara Elephant Ride is a tremendously thrilling adventure in an almost inaccessible and extremely rugged landscape, yet etched with the most poignantly delicate colours. Possible encounters with large free-ranging game such as desert-adapted Elephant and Rhino require a degree of riding competence. The largest natural gorge in Africa straddling two plant-rich biomes offers an astonishing geological and biological diversity. The Greater Fish River Canyon Ride over expansive plains invite endless canters in a landscape characterised by meandering gorges and dramatically eroded escarpments.The ride ends in the arid basin of the Orange River with its unexpectedly verdant vineyards at Aussenkehr, the largest early grape vineyard in the southern hemisphere. In addition to the longer safari-style rides, there are shorter, lodgebased rides of 4 – 7 nights. On the very edge of the Namib sandsea and the largest continuous conservation area in Southern Africa, this ride offers a wealth of scenic diversity and herds of free-ranging game. The living tapestry of colour and form amidst the exquisite luxury of well-appointed lodges is a Namibian enchantment. 84

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CAVALRY ESCORT OF HONOUR, AND OLD TRADITION

FOR A NEW KING. Photos & Text by Diana Bloemendal

History and facts

The Cavalry Escort of Honour is an extraordinary unit of the Royal Netherlands Army. It is a unit entirely based on volunteers, which is nevertheless, or maybe therefore, an extremely disciplined military unit. All participants have three qualities in common: they are Cavalry men and women, they are well trained riders and they take pride in honouring their king in the traditional cavalries’ manner by taking part in a mounted escort of honour. The Netherlands’ Parliament is seated in The Hague. The State Opening of Parliament traditionally takes place each year on the third Tuesday in September. This day is known as: Princes’ Day. Before the Second World War, HM queen Wilhelmina was escorted to the annual State Opening of Parliament by two squadrons of hussars and the mounted band of the Third Half-Regiment of Hussars stationed in The Hague. After the war, the Cavalry did not participate in the Princes’ Day ceremonies in The Hague anymore as it no longer had horses. At the inauguration of Princess Juliana as queen in 1948 a mounted escort was formed by officers of the Cavalry, the Horse Artillery, the Mounted Artillery and members of the Amsterdam citizenry. At the wedding of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus in 1966, an escort of honour was formed by officers of the Cavalry. The experience acquired on this occasion showed the desirability of forming an organisation to prepare, support and manage future escorts. Accordingly, the Cavalry Escort of Honour Foundation was formed on 25 November 1966. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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In 1972 a troop of officers marked the reappearance of the Cavalry on Princes’ Day. A troop of hussars and non-commissioned officers was added in 1973, and this composition has been maintained ever since. The Cavalry Escort of Honour is now an official military unit, although its organization is still entrusted to the Cavalry Escort of Honour Foundation.Participation in the Cavalry Escort of Honour is open to experienced riders who belong to the Cavalry. The Escort comprises two troops of 24 riders, each under the command of a captain of horse.The complete Escort is commanded by a field officer, assisted by a staff that includes a veterinary surgeon and a number of instructors. The Escort’s horses are provided by the riders themselves, police units, riding schools and private individuals. The main task of the Cavalry Escort of Honour is to accompany the Golden Coach, the king’s transport to the houses of parliament, on Princes’ Day. The unit trains several days for this task throughout the year, with the emphasis on the last few days before the big occasion. In this article we will follow the riders in their preparation of this day which attracts many spectators every year.

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The Netherlands. This year, 2013, is his first year as the new commander of the unit. He has been carefully prepared for this task by the former commander, Harry Kampen, over the past few years.The honorary job of commander takes up a lot of his time, as the escort of honour does from each and every member but he takes pride in taking on the extra job. Being the commander means that he is responsible for coordination and all contacts with third parties such as royal stables, the government and the municipality of the Hague. Preparing and organizing everything for Princes’ day is a costly and lengthy procedure which is mainly financed by the Ministry of Defence. Teunissen emphasizes: “So many people are involved to make it possible for us to ride out on Tuesday morning. Preparations take all year by a staff that takes on the work on a voluntary basis.Those few hours that we ride out take a week’s preparation in our temporary military camp that is set up especially for the occasion.” Teunissen’s goal is to continue the professionalization of the escort of honour. Maintaining a high quality level starts by obliging all members to take a military riding exam. The exam entails advanced skills in dressage and jumping. The most difficult part is riding with a double bridle and jumping with the ceremonial sabre in the right hand. In February of this year queen Beatrix abdicated and her son Willem-Alexander succeeded her. Does that change


anything for the unit? “No, everything continues as usual, we have already received our orders for September so we are good to go. There is one thing though that we would like to add to the escort this year and that is the drum horse. We tested the drum construction on two horses last year and that needed some fine tuning to protect the horse’s back to the fullest.” It is not easy to ride the drum horse because the drummer has to steer the horse with his feet because the reigns are attached to the stirrups. More than a week before Princes’ dag the temporary military camp is set up in de dunes in Wassenaar, near to The Hague. Spacious and bright temporary stables and a workshop for the farrier are also part of this camp. The unit’s own veterinarians are constantly present to keep an eye on the horses’ health. The days preceding Princes’ day 150 people will be working and living in the camp. The army personnel that has been assigned to the camp has to be briefed about how to handle horses because generally they have no experience at all with these animals. But by the end of the week they are a well oiled machine. The camp has a special dressing room where all ceremonial uniforms are kept. Every rider has his or her own uniform which is handed out to them on Tuesday morning, before they ride out to the king’s palace. These uniforms are copies of the original hussar uniforms.

The escort of honour consists of two troops of 25 riders each. The first squadron consists of officers and its place in the escort is traditionally behind the golden Coach and is led by a field captain. The second troop consists of hussars and non commissioned officers and is also led by a field captain.They ride in front of the coach. Furthermore there is the guard of honour which consists of six riders on Friesians.They carry the standard of the regiment ‘Hussars of Boreel’. Before them rides the command group, the drum horse and two trumpet players, led by the commander.The total escort of honour comprises 60 horses and riders. The horses come from riding schools and private owners throughout the country and have been carefully selected on temperament, size and colour. It is considered a great honourwhen a horse is selected to take part in the escort. When they have arrived at the camp the riders take them out for a training in the dunes to get to know them and to let the horses get used to the surroundings.The days after they are submitted to a number of trainings. On Sunday the horses are taken to the city of The Hague for the dress rehearsal. The escort of honour rides the route to palace Noordeinde where they will start their escort of the king to the houses of parliament and back. The route starts and ends at the grounds of the Royal stables in the Hague. On Monday morning the horses are submitted to the final test to find out if the horses can cope with the pressure. They are taken to the beach at Scheveningen where tanks, guns, smoke and a Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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brass band and hundreds of spectators await them. This practice is open for the public and very popular. The primary schools in The Hague are given de day off especially to come to the beach training and to make as much noise as they can to test the horses. Although some of the horses are visibly scared of what happens around them, the riders keep calm and patient. When the smoke bombs go off the horses follow their riders’ instructions and walk through the smoke while guns are fired around them. At the end of the training all riders leave the beach, assemble again, only to return for the final and impressive charge of the Cavalry.That ends Monday’s practice and the horses may rest in preparation of the day for their appearance on Tuesday morning. Sporting Horse Magazine was exclusively allowed to photograph in de temporary military stables and behind the scenes on Tuesday morning. When we have passed the guard we enter the camp and talk to one of the men who is looking after his horse. Traditionally there issome good natured competition going on between the two troops.“Look,” says Marcel van Zonneveld who rides in the second troop, with a smile. “The officer’s stables are put on concrete slabs, and ours are on sand!” Marcel joined the Cavalry escort in 2005. His present employer knows that he is not available for his job as after sales manager in September. He takes up a week’s holiday to do the honorary task for the head of state. “Taking part in the escort is something I enjoy doing very much. Firstly I find it a huge honour and secondly it is good to meet the other members again. We catch up, have informal braais and official dinners and have good time amongst comrades.” The horses are brushed and then it is time to dress. The ceremonial uniforms and hats, the ‘kolbakken’ must be put on perfectly and in a strict manner. Every rider checks upon his mate and helps him or her if necessary. All riders assemble outside for roll call and the final inspection by the officer who is responsible for the ceremonial uniforms. Laughs and chatter subside when the time comes to mount the horses. The horses’ hooves are greased in the so-called grease corridor, two rows of soldiers who kneel for every horse to make the hooves shine. After every rider is mounted they are offered a glass of champagne for ‘good hunting’ and to the health of the King. The trumpets sound and the cavalry escort of honour leaves the camp, on its way to escort the new king. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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LAND ROVER DURBAN

HORSE AND WINE FESTIVAL As the weather starts to cool down and the early shades of autumn begin to appear over the surrounding green hills of Summerveld, the 24-27 April will see the Durban Shongweni Club experiencing a hive of activity.

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AND ROVER DURBAN is once again the proud sponsors of this year’s HORSE AND WINE FESTIVAL, which incorporates the DRESSAGE SA National Dressage Challenge. The warm up and qualifying classes for the Challenge are on the Thursday and Friday with the final judging for some of the sections beginning on Saturday morning and finishing on Sunday. This competition will be adjudicated by visiting judges Sylvia Bruckner and Sue Horne. From mid-day on Saturday 26, the Dressage in the main arena will be over for the day and so - THE GAMES WILL BEGIN! From mid-day right through until 9pm the main arena will be alive with good OLD FASHIONED (BUT NEW AND EXCITING), FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT! Bev Pendock who’s brain child this novel event has been, has taken special care this year to make sure that there is something for the whole family – from Granny and Grandpa, Babies and Nannies, teens to In-Laws, and Divorcee’s, Widowers and Pensioners , and of course Mum and Dad(think that covers it!). The many High End Stalls that have been sourced this year, a number which have never been viewed at markets in the area,

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will be housed under a Bedouin Tent supplied by GlobalXtreme. This will be placed overlooking the main events arena. There will be Wine Estates, Craft Beer Brewers, Delicatessens, Cheeses, Biltong, Breads, Olives, Bakery, Gifts, Clothing, Décor and more. For the kiddies, there will be Face Painting, a Jumping Castle, Swings, Pony Rides, Sand Art and lots of MAGIC entertainment. Gran and Gramps will love the Vintage Cars, the Art, the fresh air, and a fair bit of grape juice and hops! The Teens will love to meet their friends, be mesmerized by the arena events, Cool Dogz,The Ring Master, the Mechanical Bull and of course the Fresh Fruit Juices! Mum and Dad will relax knowing that their family is all in a safe spot, having a great time whilst they relax and enjoy the olives, the cheese and the Cherry Beer, a good Cabernet and some delicious snacks from the various deli’s. Then of course they will ALL SIMPLY LOVE – Equidance, The Cable Stitch Jumping, The Singing Cowboy and to close off – Elvis –“ who is back in the building “. Entrance to the HORSE AND WINE FESTIVAL on Saturday 26 April, is R50 per Adult; for a family of 3 R130 and a family of 4 R150. The first 400 Festival goers through the gate will each receive a LAND ROVER DURBAN Wine Glass. ENQUIRIES; Bev – 082 460 7769


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SA JUNIOR

EQUESTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS By Suskia Radermacher-Harris / Images sponsored by TB Images

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he SA Junior Equestrian Championships was hosted in George From 6 – 14 December 2013.The event ran over several days with only one day offering rainy weather, which in fact turned into a misty grey day and made the SA Equitation Champs rather challenging, as the judges battled to see the jumps, nevermind the riders.

Edeling and Agrando Winter Amor taking the SA Dressage Champion title. Our cocktail evening was a huge success and really brought the riders and parents together to prepare for a fantastic show week. The Wednesday evening we hosted our Greek themed Mr & Miss SA Champs which turned out to be enjoyed by every member of the family. From the tastiest food, dancing and breaking plates.

Olivia Myrtle respectfully took the title in these very challenging conditions. The remaining disciplines were met with wonderful sunny days, which attracted a large crowd.

The festivities went on well into the evening. Throughout the day magnificent coffee, latte and cappuccinos were served by the coffee cart named “Magnificent Barista Boys” complimented by the yummiest pancakes served by “Lanies Pancake stand”, the watering hole for the parents was jam packed with parents having a drink to calm the nerves.

The marquee and club house was packed with spectators enjoying the various events taking place. The show started off with Eventing where Meghan Cunningham and Pohlands Watchword took the SA Junior Eventing Champion title. From Sunday we took off with Showing and Showjumping, the atmosphere was fantastic with our up and coming Juniors in the B Arena and our top Juniors competing in the Main Arena. Grand Prix winner Laurance Mowatt and Hillview Paddy gave us an exciting event to watch followed by Shari Navra and Aristoteles taking the SA Junior Showjumping Champion Title, with a very well deserved super clear round. The Showing Arena as always gave us a nail biting event with Matthew Shaw and Takalani Sesame taking the SA Working Champion title and Alexandra Lynch with Sir Kennedy taking the SA Showing Champion Title. The Dressage was perfection as always with Heidemari

Our kitchen catered for everyone from grooms to the health fanatics. TB Images were on site morning, noon , and night and delivered the most incredible photography with their very well organized team. This event was very dear to our hearts and we took the time to concentrate not only the basics but the small details and prizes that made the trip worthwhile for competitors. Spending near on 9 months preparing the venue, sponsorship and general running of the show, we believe the event was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone that attended. This event would not have been possible without all our generous sponsors and helpers and for that we say Thank you for being part of this event. Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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Matthew Shaw and Takalani Sesame

EQUITATION RESULTS:

Open individual - Olivia Myrtle (WC) Open team - Eastern Cape Intermediate individual - Kyla Bruyns (Gauteng) Intermediate team - Western Cape Novice individual - Harriet Matthews (KZN) Novice team - Kwazulu-Natal

SHOWING RESULTS:

The Showing Champion - Sir Kennedy with Alexandra Lynch The Working Champion - Takalani Sesame & Matthew Shaw Novice Showing Champion: Royal Insignia & Savannah Gierke (owner L. Johnstone) Novice Work Champion: The Right Time & Chelsea Orzessek The Inter-Provincial Winning Team was KZN/Gauteng/Mpumalanga: Eagle’s Cazarak & Mikayal Leighton; Irish Prosperity & Sannon kennedy; Saratoga Mozart & Connor Wilson; Sir Kennedy & Alex Lynch; Brandenburg Special Assignment & Monique Papaenfus The Challenge team winners were Eastern Cape Amy Harris & Soldier’s Tale; Africa’s Go West & Holly Blew; Royal Freluche & Bridget Ford; Rambleholme Gothago & Peta Conroy Evans Il Dottore & Mia Rebula;

SHOW JUMPING RESULTS: (CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES) 70cm – Texas Jack ridden by Bridget Ford 80cm – Barry Potter ridden by Victoria Frost 90cm – North Keeper ridden by Julia Lamprecht 1.00m – Deep Purple ridden by Charne Raubenheimer 1.10m – Davenport Rex the Robber ridden by Chantelle Steyn 1.20m – Franlaren Beau De La Bryere ridden by Lauren Parker 1.30m – Aristoteles ridden by Shari Navra 1.30m – Grand Prix –Hillview Paddy Ridden by Laurence Mowatt Team event: Gauteng

Alexander Lynch with Sue Cook, Nicky Wright, Dawn Newman and Greg Goss

EVENTING RESULTS:

70cm – Pax and Emma Jordan 80cm – Myth Buster and Carla van der Burgh 90cm – Rodeo Spin and Aneri Swanepoel 1.00m (SA Eventing Champion) – Pohlands Watchword and Meghan Cunningham

DRESSAGE RESULTS:

Lower Champions Championship – Bronwyn Carr and Devenport Paddington Bear SA Dressage Championship –Heidemari Edeling and Agrando Winter Amor

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ALLTECH SOUTH AFRICA

HOSTS INAUGURAL AMBASSADOR’S DINNER

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he Alltech Ambassador’s Dinner was held on the 3rd February 2014 at The African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria in celebration of the company’s sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy France. Among the distinguished guests were Her Excellency Elizabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Brendan McMahon, Irish Ambassador to South Africa and High Commissioner of Malawi Mrs. Stella Ndau.

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By Yvonne Bolton In addition, it was with great pleasure that Alltech also welcomed sports representatives, Barry Hendriks of the South African Department of Sport and Recreation and Deon Augustyn, Chef de mission and thanked them for their support and assistance in ensuring that South African athletes will be represented at the games. A delightful evening was enjoyed by all the distinguished guests from the region, who were gathered as part of a


networking opportunity with Alltech’s South African team to learn more about how Alltech’s new innovative technology can revolutionise farming in South Africa. The University of Pretoria Youth Choir entertained the intimate gathering with a mixture of African songs which added to the multicultural evening. South African equestrian athletes, which included AnneMarie Esslinger, Barry and Lorette Taylor and several of the

young Vaulting athletes were present and many took the opportunity to be photographed with Norman, the official mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014. As Saskia Corbett , South African Marketing Department, said in her coverage of the Dinner “This event that highlights passion, prestige and performance is upon us - Let the Games begin”.

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GOTHENBURG GERMANY’S VON BREDOWWERNDL WINS REEM ACRA QUALIFIER AT GOTHENBURG

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By Louise Parkes ermany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl stole the show at Gothenburg in Sweden today when producing a superb victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League 2013/2014 qualifier with

“I didn’t expect it!” said the 28-year-old whose winter season has been nothing short of spectacular. “This is my very first World Cup season, I had never done a World Cup competition before, but we have been steadily improving and I am so proud of Unee!” she pointed out after pinning Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Toy Story into second and Denmark’s Nanna Skodberg Merrald and Millibar into third. Penultimate qualifying leg A total of 13 horse-and-rider combinations lined out at this penultimate qualifying round for competitors in the Western European League region, and for many it has come to “make or break” time. In a line-out of riders from seven nations, the host country fielded six horse-and-rider combinations and it was Sweden’s Sofie Lexner and the veteran 18-year-old Charming Boy who set the early standard when posting a score of 74.500. This left her out in front until The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud scored 77.400 with his relatively new ride, the 12-year-old bay stallion, Johnson, but that was immediately overtaken by Swedish star Patrik Kittel whose steady and precise performance with Toy Story featured fluid transitions, solid piaffe and rhythmic tempi changes for a mark of 79.025. This was now the score to beat, and Skodberg Merrald came close when awarded 77.950 with Millibar who has emerged as a real contender this season. But, last to go, it was von Bredow-Werndl who pinned Kittel into runner-up spot with a beautifully executed and demanding floorplan that demonstrated flair, control, athleticism and accuracy, and more than a little daring. The German rider’s performance 102

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Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage - Freestyle Helen Langehanenberg, GER 1st, Adelinde Cornelissen, NED 2nd and Edward Gal NED 3rd Photo: Roland Thunholm/FEI


Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final - Dressage Edward Gal, NED and Glock´s Undercover 2nd place in the GP-dressage. Photo: Roland Thunholm/FEI

gave her a well-deserved mark of 81.350, with strong artistic amazing when they all come in and they are clapping and marks awarded by the Ground Jury. cheering - what kind of rider doesn’t want that. If you have a sensitive horse it can get tricky, but I try to do my best every Swedish Ground Jury member Gustav Svalling commented time regardless. The crowd is there to support, but they afterwards, “Jessica’s horse is absolutely fantastic and is aren’t the ones driving me. I don’t think the crowd makes my capable of doing so much, and it is such a good looking horse performance better or worse but it definitely contributes to as well!” making me feel good” he pointed out. Skodborg Merrald felt she raised her game following yesterday’s class in which she also finished third. “I think Today’s winner also topped yesterday’s Grand Prix, and, I had a much better test today. My first piaffe was a little asked how confident she was going into today’s Freestyle behind me but the last three were much better – I am really she replied “yes of course I thought I might have a chance satisfied” she said, adding that will not compete at the next to win, but everybody wants to win and in the end it comes and final qualifying round in down to the battle on the day. I just gave it my very best, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) because she feels she has already Unee did great, he listened to me and wanted to do a good done enough to qualify for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ job” she explained. Dressage Final at Lyon, France in April. Confident

The atmosphere in Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Arena is always electric, and Kittel described it today as “amazing!” He continued, “I thought yesterday was good but today was even more special. That’s the Scandinavium for you, a full house and a full crowd. They are so positive towards the riders and that’s what is so unique about it. Of course it is

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Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final - Dressage Helen Langehanenberg, GER and Damon Hill won the GP-dressage. Photo: Roland Thunholm/FEI

by finishing eighth in Odense (DEN), then we were seventh in Stuttgart (GER), sixth in Stockholm (SWE) and sixth in Amsterdam (NED) and at Neumunster (GER) we moved right up to third. Now today we have our first win!” she explained. Unee BB’s natural poise and elegance really shone through today. Talking about her horse, von Bredow-Wrendl said this evening “I have been riding him for two nears now and he only did his first Grand Prix after I got him. Then he did more Grand Prix last year and we decided he was ready. We are becoming more and more like real partners and that’s what makes it so good to ride him now. He has more power so that’s make it easier for him to find his selfcarriage. We work together as a team” she pointed out. Coming from a family background steeped in the sporting tradition she clearly understands the benefit and necessity of training and dedication to make it to the top. “I train every day with my brother, Benjamin, and when I am at shows our coach, Jonny Hilberath, is with me. He came here to Gothenburg - we have been working together for the last three years” she explained. Challenge Asked if her rapid improvement might present a challenge to defending champion, and fellow German, Helen Langehanenberg, von Bredow-Wrendl laughed and said 104

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“No, there is not really much chance of that! But Helen is a great friend of mine and she has texted me already to congratulate me on my win!” As the qualifying leagues draw to a close the pressure is reaching boiling point. The top end of Western European League leaderboard reads like a “who’s who” of the sport right now with von Bredow-Werndl moving into third place behind fellow-German Isabell Werth in second and Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven at the head of affairs. Denmark’s Anna Kaskprzak lies fourth ahead of The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud in fifth and Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald in joint-fifth place. It is down to the wire for those attempting to make the cut to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ 2014 Final, and they have one last chance at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in three weeks’ time. . Result:

1, Unee BB (Jessica von Bredow-Werndl) 81.350; 2, Toy Story (Patrik Kittel) SWE 79.025; 3, Milibar (Nanna Skodborg Merrald) DEN 77.950; 4, Johnson (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 77.400; 5, Charming Boy (Sofie Lexner) SWE 74.500; 6, Fernandez (Cathrine Rasmussen) NOR 74.000; 7, Biggles (Kristian van Krustenstierna) SWE 72.250; 8, Di Lapponia T (Paulinda Friberg) SWE 71.400; 9, Romeo Star (Elena Sidneva) RUS 71.375; 10, Ten Points (Juliette Ramel) SWE 70.375; 11, Goerklintgaards Fanero (Lena Leschly Aamann) DEN 68.775; 12, Ekwador (Marc Peter Spahn) BEL 68.600, 13, Paridon Magi (Caroline Darcourt) SWE 68.275.


Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final - Dressage Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven riding Don Auriello SWE. 3rd place in the Grand Prix Photo: Roland Thunholm/FEI

Facts and Figures: The Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden was the venue for today’s seventh qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League. 13 riders from 7 nations competed. The host country of Sweden was represented by 6 horse-and-rider combinations. The Ground Jury was: At H, A. Fransen Iacobeaus SWE; At E, Dr E Eisenhardt GER, At C - G Svalling SWE; at M, T Lang AUT; at B, S Baarup (DEN). Winning rider, Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, has now moved into third place on the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League leader board which is headed by Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven followed by Germany’s Isabell Werth in second place. Gothenburg presents one of the most popular fixture on the international calendar, dating back to its first horse show in 1977. Since then 2.5m spectators have attended the event which has staged 13 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals and 7 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals. One further qualifying opportunity remands for riders in the 2013/2014 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League - at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on Saturday 22 March. The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014 Final will take place in Lyon, France from 17-21 April. Quotes: Jessica von Bredow-Wrendl GER, talking about what her winning ride, Unee BB, will do before the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in April - “We will just try to play a bit and have fun together before we start working again a few weeks before the Final”.

Patrik Kittel SWE: “On behalf of all the riders I want to thank Reem Acra for her support towards the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Series as without her, none of this would be possible. I also want to thank the Organisers for their tremendous organisation and for putting on such a great show”. Tomas Torgersen, Event Director : “We have always felt that being part of a series is a very big advantage. You get a good starting field and good performances which is something really important, something that the crowd really loves. To be in a position to present top sport and being part of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Series is very important for the Gothenburg Horse Show. I am very happy with the performances of the riders today, we had some very big performances. I think the judges did very well as well”.

Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League Standings after Round 7 at Gothenburg (SWE): 1. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven SWE - 74 2. Isabell Werth GER - 63 3. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER - 60 4. Anna Kasprzak DEN - 55 5. Hans Peter Minderhoud NED - 52 5. Nanna Skodborg Merrald DEN - 52 7. Edward Gal NED - 51 8. Fabienne Lutkemeier GER - 48 9. Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI - 46 10. Charlotte Dujardin GBR - 40 11. Patrick van der Meer NED - 27 11. Terhi Stegars FIN - 27 13. Danielle Heijjkoop NED - 25 14. Kristian Krusenstierna SWE - 23 14. Matthias Kempkes GER - 23 Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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DADS COUNT TOO! By Stafford Robinson

Is it really 50/50 from sire and dam?

Stafford Robinson. Geneticist - Berghof Sporthorses Stafford is a qualified New Zealand Racehorse trainer, a Film director of 20 years, freelance writer and owner of Berghof Sporthorses. He has a degree in Genetics, a postgraduate degree in Zoology and is now completing his Masters in European Sporthorse breeding - more specifically the relationship between inbreeding and performance. Stafford, through his stud Berghof, was the first South African to purchase an unlicensed 2 year old German Warmblood Colt and put it through the licensing and performance testing in Germany, to then import a fully licensed Stallion. Stafford has been riding since he was 7 years old and has ridden most disciplines, then at the age of 20 qualified for the infamous Taupo Three Day Event, New Zealand’s premier event on the eventing calender. Now training his dressage stallion Sonnentänzer, Stafford recently won the young horse dressage class at the 2013 Horse of the Year show. His aim is to take the horse to Grand Prix. 106

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number of years ago I published an article indicating that maybe the female line contributes more that 50 percent of the development, genetic or otherwise of the foal. Since then there has been a number of articles in various publications indicating the importance of the female line.Well I think its about time I put another perspective to the subject and play a little devils advocate alluding to new genetic research that indicates maybe this line of thought may be not quite correct; or at least it’s not as cut and dried as we would think. In a recent study by Andrew Clark of Cornell University in 2013, he showed that the genes in a fetus that come from the sire dominate the building of the fetal side of the placenta.This is part of the phenomenon called Genomic imprinting, whereby instead of genes working in genetic pairs, one from each parent, the genes choose sides. In this case it’s the male genes that dominate. Previously this effect has been observed in mice, but Cornell University was the first to conduct the study using 78 horsedonkey hybrids.The paternal genes were seen to heavily regulate the placental development. Gender specific genes that fly in the face of Mendalian genetics were presented in definitive studies as far back as 1969 by Dr W.R. Allen. Allen found that the actual pregnancy was influenced

by the expression of the sire’s genes. Prior to this it was simply believed that although the sire contributes 50% of the genetic material, that material was simply involved in the phenotypic expression of the horse… and that the mare controlled the pregnancy. Allen’s research challenged that view. Allen bred horses to donkeys and during the pregnancy measured levels of the pregnancy hormone ECG (Equine Chorionic Gonadotrophin). This hormone is normally high in horse-horse crosses but low in donkey-donkey crosses. When a horse was the sire in horsedonkey crosses, the ECG level was high. When the Donkey was the sire in the horse-donkey crosses, the ECG level was low. It seemed that only the male genes were relevant.The male genes dominated. But it was not until 1986 that the term “genome imprinting” was utilized in relation to a male/female bias when Dr Azim Surani used mice to create embryo’s where the entire genomic DNA was either from male donors or from female donors. Thus the embryo was either entirely male or entirely female. Surani found that the all female embryo’s were small while the genetically all male embryo’s were enormous.To explain this Surani utilized the term “genome imprinting” to describe genes that were turned on or of by specifically male or female genes or receptors. These studies have helped to explain the breeding “grandsire Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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effect” by the isolation of genes dominated by the male DNA.The breeding phenomenon known as the “grandsire affect” relates to certain positive attributable genes that seem to skip a generation and are expressed in the grandchildren of a sire.The “speed gene” in the thoroughbred seems the classic example. Indeed, one of the greatest racing breeders of all time, Secretariat, seems to be one such example. Secretariat’s sons seemed to race poorly. But many of his daughters foals were outstanding racehorses. Researchers are now looking for paternally dominant genomic pairs that may be associated to the phenotype of speed.

did not allow for a difference of male and female genes. It simply states that 50 % comes from either side. Until relatively recent history scientists never allowed for gender specific expression. And only now are we realizing the importance of both male and female target sequences. There is a very detailed and complex gender specific map that we are only now beginning to understand. One parent (male or female) can have a specific gene, but it is that other parent that may have the encoding to either express that gene or inhibit it. But the complexity goes even further. A gene or mutation of that gene can result in diverse expression depending on if it was inherited through the Secretariat indeed is a great example to quote for gender specific male or female line. Understandably there has been dramatically genetic case studies. The gene that relates to the size of heart in more research on the human genome than the equine and the horse is encoded on the X chromosome. Secretariat had a so it is in the human mammal that I found a classic example phenomenal heart (estimated at 10 kilograms compared to the of this. However, the gene mechanisms for all mammals are average thoroughbred at 3 kilograms). But with the gene for this remarkably similar and so the example can be translated into only on the X chromosome he could only pass on the ability of an equine parallel. Prader-Willi syndrome is characterized by such a heart to his female offspring and not his male offspring. mental retardation, small hands and feet and a large appetite. However even though this became a female passed attribute Angelman syndrome is characterized by a jerky gait, large mouth as it was on the female X chromosome, there sill has not been and red cheeks.These children smile and laugh a lot, have regular discovered a female that has had the abnormal size of Secretariat’s seizures and are mentally retarded. Both Prader-Willi syndrome heart.This then leads to the assumption that while the genes for and Angelman syndrome are a result of exactly the same large hearts is on the X Chromosome, there may indeed be an genetic mutation: a deletion in a gene on Cromosome 15. But activator sequence on other chromosomes turned on only by if the mutation is inherited from the father the child will have sequencing found in males. Surely this could be related to male Prader-Willi Syndrome, but if the defect is inherited from the hormonal development, indicating that while the female line has mother the child will have Angelman syndrome. the ability to carry the gene, it is the male line that activates it. Indeed a research team in Denmark interested in the correlation Indeed the more we understand regarding genetics and between heart size and performance used only stallions in their specifically the interaction of male and female genes – which till study as they found in a population of 122 racing stallions, 41 of recently we never envisaged them as male of female dependant them had hearts larger than the normal. Interestingly they found – the more we realize we know so little. So the next time a that these stallions earned in race winnings double what the heated discussion starts over the breed table about which is stallion with normal hearts earned. more important: the mare or the stallion, look for the breeder saying little and you may find the one knowing the most, yet The bottom line is that we need both. Classic Mendalian genetics understanding the complexity of how little we do know. 108

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ew Turf Carriers collected Cuppi in October 2013 to start the first leg of his travels down to the Cape, where he spent 6 weeks in the Quarantine Station at Kenilworth Race Track. In hand walking or in the walker was his exercise while he was there. Major preparations in November prepared them for their flight to Mauritius, where he spent the next 3 months in the Hobday Equestrian Enterprises Quarantine Station. He was nicknamed “Titanic” by his local groom, Ashwin. Cuppi loved to go swimming in the ocean on the La Poste Layfayette beach, which was part of the quarantine station. The last leg of his travels was his flight to the Uk in February 2014. This team are now finally in the UK together! This is Hayley’s story so far: The afternoon before I left home, I was lying on the couch on the patio enjoying the heat and blue skies. I remember surrendering to the fact that I probably would not feel the warmth or see blue skies for a couple of weeks. Well, the very first day after landing in the UK, it was sunny with bright blue skies but freezing! Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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New Turf Carriers collection in October

Cuppi was not to land in the UK for a few days so I had some bonding time with my brother, Jonathan, in Oxford. Having family nearby has been instrumental in making this change a little easier. As Cuppi’s due date of arrival drew closer, I could not control my excitement knowing that I would be reunited with him after four long months in quarantine. Initially it was really tough to ‘let go of the reins’ and I put my trust in our International Shipping Agents Hobday Equestrian Enterprises (HEE). However, Candice Hobday and Kerry Prodehl have been incredible partners en route and have kept us informed throughout. Regular communication via emails, phone calls and photographs allowed us to observe the excellent care he was receiving along the way. Cuppi arrived to a stunning Cotswold sunset. This was a moment in time I will never forget. We all stood in silence as he breathed in the beauty of his new home. With vapour gently coming out of his nostrils, a sense of relief overcame me when for the first time I allowed myself to reflect upon the potential risk of this journey. Traveling successfully from a remote Indian Ocean Island in the middle of cyclonic weather patterns, to the United Kingdom in the grips of floods and winter, is in itself, a miracle. Candice and Kerry became an integral part of Cuppi’s quarantine journey and if I have any advice for other riders wanting to ship their horses across the World, I would use their professional service again. 112

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Cuppi being walked at the Quarantine station in Cape Town

My new training home is with Bill Levett, an Australian Event rider. Bill is ranked in the top 20 event riders in the World and top 5 event riders in the UK. Both he and his wife, Jenny have been incredibly accommodating and really helped me to network over here. The yard has a very warm atmosphere and it is a place where horses, riders and owners are happy. This is such an important aspect of competing and I believe the conduit for effective training. The facilities are excellent with large paddocks, an all-weather 40m x 70m jump arena, access to rolling hills for outrides and a walker. The yard also has a very accomplished dressage rider from New Zealand, Shiwon Green, so there is good diversity of expertise. My first outing was for some fitness work at the gallops with Bill and his horses. This proved lots of fun but at the same time, very educational. Using a Garmin heart rate monitor on the horses, the aim is to maintain the horse’s heart rate above a certain level a whole lot more scientific than my usual fitness work back home. Whilst I am on the subject of fitness, I started at the local gym but under the guidance of my SA trainer, Naat Loubser. He sends me monthly programs to ensure my fitness, strength and stamina are maintained at optimum levels. It is fast becoming a trend over here for riders to understand the value of core strength and fitness in relation to their success. On the lighter side of


Working on the track around the quarantine station

things, Naat trains me with a lot of kettle bells which this gym, or any nearby, don’t have. So I thought I’d just buy one and take it to gym… Well, I forgot how the English are with their insurance policies and got a stern warning about bringing any equipment! Getting back to the horses, Cuppi didn’t have any shoes in quarantine, so the first call of duty was to get him a new set of Jimmy Choos perhaps at the same cost as a pair for myself! This was followed up hotly by a session with the visiting Physio. Cuppi couldn’t keep his eyes open under her hands and he now looks forward to enjoying the treatment every two weeks with the other competition horses in the yard. Just when he thought Quarantine was over, he was kept separately from all the competition horses for the first week – think he must be getting a complex about this quarantine business! Work wise, I have been walking and trotting Cuppi in the arena with a quarter-blanket to acclimatise him. He has coped incredibly well and just seems to be eating a whole lot more, all the time (It seems that the ‘Heathrow Injection’ also affects horses!). He will come into more work in the next couple of weeks but I am not in a rush as he effectively had a holiday from work for three months. His first show is planned for April, which I am really looking forward to as our last show was Polo International Horse Trials in October last year.

Piggy is set to be arriving shortly from the USA and I could not be more excited with the prospect of having Piggy and Cuppi both on the same Continent as me! I last saw Piggy in May last year so this is something I have been looking forward to for months! Piggy will get straight into competition as he has been in full work with Clayton in the USA. My plan is to get him qualified as my second horse for WEG but we will take one step at a time. On a more personal note, it has been difficult to be away from my family and boyfriend, Adam. I thrive on having family around and interacting with them so this has been a big change for me. It has been a saving grace that my brother lives nearby as I have spent many weekends with him. Whenever I begin to miss home, I go to the gym or visit Cuppi to take my mind off of things. With that being said, I am beyond grateful for my current situation with my horses and having this opportunity, but also feel that missing home is a good thing and grounds one. It has also been such a relief to be able to not feel guilty about missing exams at University so that I can compete overseas and being able to really focus on my riding and give it a full go! However, I did decide that maybe I should do something part-time, just in case I didn’t already have enough on my plate, so I have started an online course in Operations Management! I look forward to a very busy season ahead with both Piggy and Cuppi and hope that we can make South Africa proud! Issue 18 SPORTING HORSE

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